Postecoglou explains Griffiths decision as Celtic announce new deal

By Euan Davidson

July 1, 2021

Leigh Griffiths has signed a new one-year deal at Celtic.

The striker, who had been the subject of intense speculation, has finally put an end to the rumours. With Griffiths having become a free agent today, the Bhoys worked quickly to keep a potentially excellent asset at the club. Ange Postecoglou has taken the lead on keeping Griffiths at the club, stating that conversations had gone well.

Postecoglou said [Celtic FC]:

“I am really pleased to keep Leigh with us for another season at least. I have had very positive conversations with Leigh and he clearly understands my expectations and more importantly the club’s.

“Leigh has already proven himself as one of the top strikers in Scotland and I look forward to working with him so that we can bring success to Celtic Football Club.”

Meanwhile, Griffiths had this to say about extending his time at Paradise [Celtic FC]:

“I am delighted to extend my time at the Club. Celtic is a club I love and want to do all I can to play my part again in bringing success to our supporters.

“I’m looking forward to the season ahead and working with the new gaffer and the rest of the lads. It is an exciting time for the Club and I wanted to be part of the Club’s future. I’ll be doing everything I can to help us get back to where we all want to be.”

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Some more good news for Celtic fans as Leigh Griffiths signs new deal

Being honest, Griffiths hasn’t been himself over the last couple of years. That’s culminated in some ugly spats with his former boss. If Lennon had stayed, Griffiths almost certainly wouldn’t have.

And that’ll be a relief to a sizeable section of the Celtic support. We know there’s a player in there, but one who hasn’t hit 20+ goals in a season for a considerable length of time. However, if he’s willing to adapt to Postecoglou’s methods, which heavily focus on working the ball into the box, then it could pay dividends.

At best, it’s a chance for Griffiths to fully redeem himself. At worst, we have a long-tenured striker available to us.

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