A report from the Daily Mail has suggested that Leigh Griffiths will be given another chance at Celtic.

According to the outlet’s Stephen McGowan, the Daily Mail [print edition 30/4/21, page 96] claim:

“Leigh Griffiths will be handed the chance to prove himself to the new manager of Celtic. The Scotland striker is waiting to learn if the club will take up the option of another 12 months on his contract.

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“Last night… sources close to Griffiths told Sportsmail a free transfer has never been part of discussions.”

That’s certainly promising news for the Bhoys supporters who value the 30-year-old striker. Griffiths proved his match-saving credentials most recently against Aberdeen [BBC], but he’s struggled mightily this season. Griff has only managed 7 goals in all competitions during 20-21 [Transfermarkt].

Former team-mate for club and country Charlie Mulgrew defended Griffiths this week, saying it was a “no-brainer” to extend the striker’s contract. Whether that’s actually the case or not is subjective, with the former Wolves man’s attitude and fitness repeatedly being called into question over the last few seasons.

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However, with a massive rebuild already starting, Griffiths could be useful. Patryk Klimala has already left the club. Odsonne Edouard will almost certainly depart, while Albian Ajeti’s future is by no means certain. With an exodus already underway, having veterans like Super Leigh could be a useful asset.

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Griffiths nods the ball home for one of his 7 goals this season / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Leigh Griffiths debate rumbles on amongst Celtic supporters

The subject of Leigh Griffiths divides the Celtic fanbase like few other issues.

For many, he’s a relic of an era that’s passing. Part of the Invincible side, as well as the Quadruple Treble, to some Griffiths represents a player who’s past his best. That, actually, Celtic need to rebuild with much younger, hungrier talents. The striker’s fitness issues and off-field incidents in the past have also turned a vast number of supporters off.

Meanwhile, another considerably sized portion of the Celtic fanbase love Leigh Griffiths, rate him higher than Odsonne Edouard, and are baffled as to why he’s not played more often. There are solid arguments on both sides, but at least it’s useful to have some clarity.

Provided Eddie Howe arrives in the near-future, it’d be interesting to see what the ex-Bournemouth boss makes of Griffiths. There seemed to be a decent relationship between Griff and Neil Lennon, but the more holistically-minded Premier League coach could have an altogether different influence.

These are exciting times for Celtic supporters, albeit under a depressing backdrop. Rejoice, as we can (most likely) spend another year arguing about the ex-Hibs man.

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