Report: Dundee owners unimpressed with Leigh Griffiths; consider sending him back to Celtic

By David Walton

January 4, 2022

Dundee are considering sending Leigh Griffiths back to Celtic this month, according to the Scottish Sun.

The newspaper claims that the higher-ups at Dens Park have been left unimpressed with his contribution. It comes after the former Hibernian striker has only netted 2 goals in 14 appearances so far this term [Transfermarkt].

It’s stated in the report that a break clause in the deal between Dundee and Celtic gives James McPake the option of cutting short his temporary spell at Dens Park. McPake has a good relationship with Griffiths however, and has often backed him from critics this season.

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The report mentions Dundee owners Tim Keyes and John Nelms as the individuals who haven’t been impressed by the Celtic man. Pressure is said to be building on McPake when it comes ton justifying the player’s stay in the City of Discovery.

Griffiths is into the final year of his Celtic contract, with his reputation at Parkhead in tatters. Failing to make the most of his spell at Dens Park doesn’t leave his prospects looking favourable heading into the summer.

Griffiths did net a stunning free-kick for Dundee in their last match against Aberdeen. However, that only ended a run of 9 league matches without a goal.

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Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths’ spell at Dundee couldn’t be going any worse

For many, and probably the vast majority, it didn’t matter what Griffiths managed at Dens Park this season. Even if he managed a 20-goal season with McPake’s side, many viewed Griffiths’ Celtic career over.

However, a big year would certainly have had him posing the question. Not just to Celtic supporters but for other clubs who could’ve been interested in signing him. After all, if he’d have left Parkhead after a big year with Dundee, there would’ve been a host of interesting alternatives for him.

But who would honestly want to touch Griffiths this summer if he gets sent back to Parkhead in January? It’s not as if he’ll be a part of Ange Postecoglou’s plans this year.

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Look at the attacking talent Celtic will have at their disposal. Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda, and Giorgos Giakoumakis are all available in Postecoglou’s ranks. He won’t be turning to Griffiths anytime soon.

For the player, the only thing he can do is focus on impressing McPake in training over the next couple of weeks. Chances are he’ll remain where he is. It’s not as if Dundee have a plethora of exciting attacking options at their disposal. If they can get Griffiths firing, he can still be a big contributor for them.

But this report spells worrying news for the Celtic-owned striker. He hasn’t impressed in the first half of the year, and that certainly wasn’t in the script.

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