Triggering Leigh Griffiths' extension is likely the next move on Celtic's agenda

By David Walton

June 21, 2021

With Celtic reportedly giving Anthony Ralston another year on his contract, all eyes are now on what happens next.

The Hoops have yet to make any signings despite us now being five weeks from our last game of the season. Granted, with Ange Postecoglou only recently out of self-isolation, this won’t be too much of a shock.

Before yesterday, Celtic had yet to give even an inkling of an update regarding their squad building for next season. The Scottish Sun last night reported that the Hoops had triggered a year extension on Ralston’s deal. As much as fans don’t like it, it’s the first piece of rebuilding as we begin what should be a summer full of it.

And, in my view, you can expect news of Leigh Griffiths also getting an extra year to come in the coming days.

It’s today been reported that Ange Postecoglou will first take training on Thursday [Scottish Sun]. However, it may not even be as late as then. Not considering the club were quick to press ahead with Ralston’s extension.

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I believe the reason the club gave Ralston another year is because of the lack of alternatives. With Lee O’Connor yet to prove himself, this is likely a move made with the idea of being safe.

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Griffiths is in the same boat with the striker position. Patrytk Klimala is already out the door. Odsonne Edouard will likely do similar. That would leave only Albian Ajeti on the books if we let Griffiths go. If Celtic are trying to at least ensure they already have options at the club ahead of pre-season, expect Griffiths to return too. This will mean the club only needs to sign two strikers as opposed to three this summer in order to have sufficient depth.

Not to mention the fact that Postecoglou has already spoken to the player. Griffiths stated last week that he’s already spoken to the manager in talks he labelled as positive.

It looks as though Celtic are going through the process of sorting who’ll be here for the season ahead and who wants. Ralston’s contract extension is a symbol of that. Next on the agenda will be the contract of Griffiths, and it’s unlikely we send him packing.

Leigh Griffiths celebrates a Celtic goal / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Griffiths’ comments the other day prove that will likely be the case. The updated Ralston news is just another sign that Celtic are looking to keep those they feel can do a bit of a job for them.

After that, it should be all about finding exits for those who want to leave the club. This is something that will need to be done quickly in order to get cracking with player recruitment. Whilst it will undoubtedly intertwine to an extent, getting players off the wage bill will be crucial for us.

But as for the next bit of news we here about squad building for the new season? Expect it to be the extra year for Griff.

In other news, Celtic-linked Joseph Okumu has completed a move to Gent.