John Hartson has message for loaned Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

By Euan Davidson

August 31, 2021

Celtic fan favourite John Hartson has wished Leigh Griffiths well after the striker sealed a move to Dundee.

Griffiths, who has struggled for form over the least three or four seasons at Celtic Park, joined ex-teammate James McPake at Dens Park earlier today. The former Scotland striker, who scored two famous free-kicks past current Bhoys stopper Joe Hart, had been linked with a move most of the summer.

That’s despite signing a new one-year extension two months ago.

Hartson was projecting a fruitful season for Griffiths when the ink was drying on his new contract. The former Wales striker predicted a 25-goal return for the controversial forward on the 1st of July.

However, that hasn’t come to pass. And as Griffiths headed to Dundee, Hartson tweeted:

How quickly things can change in football.

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Griffiths sounded happy as he joined the Dens Park side. Per the Dundee FC website, he said:

“I’m delighted. James [McPake] made it perfectly clear that he wanted me to come here and make an impact and that’s what I intend to do.

“I’ve been training well with Celtic so I’m ready to go whenever called upon. It’s international break so it’s even better for me to get even more training under my belt, see how the lads work, see how the gaffer works and ready for Livingston next week.”

Former Celtic striker John Hartson won’t be the last to make a bold Griffiths prediction

You can see it now: if Griffiths starts well at Dundee, and gets off the mark quickly for James McPake’s side, there’ll be some who’d argue he’d have done the same at Celtic.

However, off-field distractions and better options in the Celtic squad mean he’s surplus to requirements at this point.

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Hartson isn’t predicting a specific number of goals, but Griffiths is likely to pick up a few on the East Coast. With Jason Cummings struggling for form, and the service of players like Charlie Adam, he’s probably decent value to score double figures in the dark blue of Dundee.

As for Celtic, attacking players are expected to be announced later today. Jota, of Benfica, should arrive on loan imminently, with a hefty purchase clause attached.

Meanwhile, much-discussed Greek striker Georgios Giakoumakis is also meant to be on his way to Celtic.

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