Aberdeen are not interested in signing Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths this summer, according to the Daily Record.
Griffiths had been linked with a move to the Granite City in recent weeks. This comes as Celtic ponder over whether to take up a one-year option on Leigh’s current contract [Scottish Sun].
However, the Record believes any move this summer wouldn’t see the Scotland international pitch up at Pittodrie. That’s despite the fact Dons manager Stephen Glass is said to be on the lookout for new centre-forwards.
The report claims that if he is to leave Parkhead this summer, Hibs would be the likely destination. Glass reportedly hasn’t put Griffiths’ name forward to the board, with Aberdeen apparently playing down any reported interest.
Celtic boss John Kennedy recently stated that the club would have crunch talks with Griffiths in the coming weeks [Celtic TV].
Aberdeen move looks a no-go for Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths
It’s interesting to see that Aberdeen are uninterested in Griff. You would’ve thought the vast majority of clubs in Scotland, the Dons included, would’ve relished the opportunity to sign up a striker of his quality.
In recent times, Aberdeen have signed the likes of Fraser Hornby, Callum Hendry, and Florian Kamberi respectively. It’s not as if they’ve been securing strikers of a higher quality than the Celtic man.
Regardless, it’s no surprise that Hibs have been mentioned once again. Griffiths remains a supporter of the Easter Road club and spent a productive two-year spell there between 2011 and 2013. He’s a player much adored by the Leith faithful too, after scoring 38 goals in 78 appearances for them [Transfermarkt].
Granted, we’ll see what happens with the talks between Griffiths and Celtic first. Any discussion over a move could be premature considering the Scotland international could easily end up staying for another year.
But it’s interesting to see he likely won’t be joining up with Scott Brown at Pittodrie next season. At the very least, it’s good to know that one of our main rivals won’t be strengthened substantially by his signing.
Hopefully, wherever Griffiths ends up, he can get his career back on track.