Leigh Griffiths Celtic contract technicality comes to light; John Kennedy addresses

By John McGinley

April 8, 2021

Celtic have the power to release Leigh Griffiths from his contract at the end of the season or extend it for another year.

It had widely been assumed the striker’s deal with the club definitively ran until 2022.

However, it appears Celtic in fact hold an option on that final year and could say their goodbyes to him this summer.

The Scottish Sun report the one-year extension is worth £1m to the Scotland international.

Interim boss John Kennedy confirmed the report in a media conference today, saying [The Daily Record]: “The situation, it’s like a lot of players’ contracts, the last year can sometimes be an optional year. Some players might sign a three-year contract with an optional year at the end of it and that’s where Leigh’s at with his.

“There’s an option to end it this year, but that’s one of those decisions that will have to be made between Leigh and the club. It will remain private until it’s decided but that’s something we just have to think about moving forward.”

Griffiths will have opportunities even if Celtic do not decide to retain him. The Scottish Sun report that both Aberdeen and Hibernian are keen on his services – as they would be considering his ability.

There’s no doubt that Griffiths’ career has stalled over the last few years, but on his day he’s still a lethal finisher and would be an asset to many clubs north and south of the border.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

For me, it seems like the best thing for all parties. Celtic will ideally move on to more productive strikers next season and Griffiths will find the week-to-week football he needs to get back to his best.

In other news, Celtic have put the spotlight on a 17-year-old defender in training this week.