Report: Griffiths saga rumbles on despite meetings; Celtic stance becomes clear
The saga surrounding Celtic, Dundee and Leigh Griffiths has rolled on for another day, with a report stating that the Hoops have made a clear stance on the striker.
The Scottish Sun have reported that Celtic aren’t keen to have Leigh Griffiths back at the club. The striker was loaned away in the summer, with just a year left on his deal.
However, despite Griffiths training with Dundee today, the Celtic loanee isn’t wanted by Dundee chiefs either. Talks are ongoing, according to the report, and two of the three parties involved will need to come to some kind of agreement.
Given disciplinary issues, and a paltry return of goals for the Dens Park club, it’s likely that Dundee will be keen to get Griffiths out of their squad sooner rather than later. However, if Celtic don’t want him, he contractually has to stay on the East Coast.
Griffiths has found the net just twice in 14 outings for Dundee this season [Transfermarkt]. He’s amassed as many yellow cards as he has goals this season, and it’s a grim scenario for a former Hoops favourite.
James McPake was optimistic about Griffiths’ impact when he came to Dundee in the summer. However, for a variety of reasons, it just hasn’t worked out.
Now, the onus is on Celtic and Dundee to come to some kind of resolution.
Celtic loanee Leigh Griffiths in dire situation at Dundee
It’s not a great look for all concerned. For Dundee, it was a total gamble, albeit an educated one. Talk of a “fit and firing” Leigh Griffiths lighting up the Scottish Premiership has died down to a silence.
For Celtic, it makes offering him a one-year extension in the first place look utterly bizarre. It would’ve been prudent to cut our losses on the striker when his last deal expired. But hindsight is, as ever, 20/20.
So, what now? If Griffiths did come back, it seems unlikely Ange Postecoglou would want him in the first-team. Would the Hoops pay his wages until his contract expired?
If Dundee are that desperate to get rid, then it seems the most likely outcome. The only plus would be that it’d give Griffiths time to make his next move from the summer onwards, or he could agree a release from Celtic if that was an option.
It’s a quagmire, and it needs sorted out pronto.
But what’s clear, according to the report, is that Celtic have no interest in keeping ahold of Griffiths.