Leigh Griffiths speaks after finalising loan exit from Celtic to Dundee
Leigh Griffiths has spoken for the first time since finalising his loan exit from Celtic to Dundee today.
Griffiths, who signed a new one-year contract extension at Parkhead earlier this summer, has now completed a season-long loan with the Dens Park club.
It comes after being frozen out under new manager Ange Postecoglou. Griffiths suffered from off-field issues in pre-season. He would then go on to only feature in two of 11 possible match-day squads. He didn’t manage a single minute of competitive action under Postecoglou.
However, he’s been speaking to the official Dundee media channels this afternoon, and has stated that he’s been training well at Celtic as he looks to the challenges ahead.
As quoted by Dundee’s official website, Griffiths said: “I’m delighted. James [McPake] made it perfectly clear that he wanted me to come here and make an impact and that’s what I intend to do.
“I’ve always had fond memories of the club. I had a great 18 months here and it’s a place I still came back to regularly if I got the chance. To come back here and play will be great for me and great for the club. I’ve known James half my life, never mind my career. I’ve know him my full career. He’s been my captain twice at Livingston and Hibs and now he is going to be coaching me. I can’t wait to start work under him and get going.
“I’ve been training well with Celtic so I’m ready to go whenever called upon. It’s international break so it’s even better for me to get even more training under my belt, see how the lads work, see how the gaffer works and ready for Livingston next week.”
Leigh Griffiths bags important move after leaving Celtic for Dundee
It can’t be underestimated just how big a move this is for Griffiths. It’s fair to say he’s lucky that another Premiership club was interested in his services.
The relationship with Dundee boss McPake likely played a huge role here. Griffiths could be the man to help keep the Dens Park club in the Premiership. Equally, Tayside may be the venue Griffiths manages to rediscover his golden touch again.
One of the main points put forward by Griffiths backers has been his lack of regular game-time. The idea that he doesn’t get a deserved run of games and hasn’t done for several years. His spell with Dundee will show just how much weight that argument holds.
It’s difficult to know what a successful season will do for him. Given everything that’s happened over the last 12 months, the Celtic fans will likely struggled to accept him getting another new deal. Regardless of how he performs with Dundee.
It’s also interesting to note Griffiths’ comment on his training. He claims he’s been training well and is ready to feature right away. That potentially blows away any idea he wasn’t being selected due to fitness concerns.
In any case, this was a move the Scotland international needed. It’s now down to him to take it and make the most of it.