Former Celtic favourite Charlie Mulgrew has implored the club to extend Leigh Griffiths’ contract.
The misfiring Celtic striker has an option on his contract which could see him leave for nothing this summer. Griffiths has received support from team-mate Callum McGregor, as well as former Hibs assistant Billy Brown.
Linked heavily with Aberdeen and Hibs, Griffiths could well do a job for another SPFL side. However, he hasn’t been his imperious best, with only seven competitive strikes this term [Transfermarkt].
Mulgrew, who played with Griffiths at Celtic for a year and a half, knows exactly how clinical the striker can be, and is desperate for the Bhoys to keep ahold of the striker.
Mulgrew told Sky Sports:
“I think they get somebody in this year, you might get a bit of extra motivation from Leigh because he’s coming into the last year of his contract if Celtic take up the option.
“If a manager can get that arm around him and get Leigh Griffiths scoring, a fit Leigh Griffiths is worth his weight in gold.
“Get him fit, get him striking, get him confident, you know how big confidence is in football. Get him scoring goals. I think it’s a no-brainer. Also with Scotland I would get him in the squad somehow for the Euros because he’s a goal scorer, you seen what he did against England the last time.
“He turns up for the big occasions, he’s somebody I’d want in my squad and that I’d want to get the best out of.”
Is Charlie Mulgrew right about Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths?
While there’s very obvious sentiment behind keeping Griffiths, it’s possible that the striker is past his prolific best. Over the last three seasons, Griffiths has scored 25 goals. It’s a good return, but nowhere near his 15-16 heights, when he scored 31 in the league alone.
With changing tactical systems, new strike partners to forge relationships with and troubles off the pitch, Griffiths has been left in a state of flux at Celtic Park. He won’t be giving up on international football just yet, but that might be a good reason for him to move on. The more he’s stuck on the bench for Celtic, the longer his wait for a call-up will be.
Odsonne Edouard has been far and away the superior striker over the last three seasons. Unfortunately, with Celtic using a one up front system for the majority of the time, someone has had to lose out. Generally, that’s been Leigh Griffiths. While attempts have been made to recover the success of a front-two of Eddy and Griff, it’s just not worked this campaign compared to last.
It might be time to cut our losses.