Report: Celtic have one more day to make Leigh Griffiths decision

By David Walton

April 29, 2021

Celtic have a deadline of April 30th to make their minds up on their crucial Leigh Griffiths contract decision, according to the Scottish Sun.

Thanks to a clause in Griffiths’ deal that’s due to expire this summer, the club has the option to add an extra year. This would ensure that the Scotland international is kept at Parkhead until the summer of 2022 at the earliest.

Griffiths has been in poor form this season, netting only eight times in 26 appearances [Transfermarkt]. However, he showed his worth at Pittodrie last week when his last-gasp header secured a point for John Kennedy’s Celts.

But it doesn’t look like Griffiths will get the final three games to sway Celtic’s mind. The Sun reports that a decision must be made before tomorrow night. It’s been reported that the one-year extension would cost Celtic £1million.

However, the report also claims that Griffiths wouldn’t be short of offers if Celtic let him go. They believe that both Aberdeen and Hibernian would both be interested if the Hoops decide against extending his contract.

Celtic need to make their Leigh Griffiths decision; there is an alternative option however

There may actually be a third option for Celtic if they choose to go down a different route.

It’s not ridiculous to suggest that they try to offer Griffiths a new one-year deal on lesser wages if they don’t want to pay as much as £1m.

Considering Griffiths hasn’t hit 20 goals since season 2015/16, the Hoops are right to be hesitant. However, it would perhaps be more logical for Celtic to try and meet Griffiths in the middle.

Leigh Griffiths scores for Celtic / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

We’ve already gotten rid of Patryk Klimala. Therefore, we could do with hanging onto Griffiths and Albian Ajeti at least. That is if the new manager wants to see what they’ve got to offer. But at £1m, it would be far too heavy an outlay for a player who hasn’t produced for several years now.

Offering Griffiths a new one-year term that would be incentive-based could be a fine idea. It allows Griff to continue operating at the highest possible level in Scottish football, and gives him one final chance to impress the new boss. However, he would have to take a wage cut given his lack of impact over the years. Then again, with some performance-based clauses in there, Griffiths should be given the chance to make it back up.

It would be unorthodox, but it’s hardly the worst idea. It seems unlikely Celtic would pay another £1m to keep Griffiths on. But at the same time, you can see the argument for sticking by him and seeing whether the new manager can get a good tune out of him. We’ll see what happens over the next 24 hours.

In other news, a frustrating Celtic transfer policy has been called out.