PLZ Soccer and Celtic TV contributor states Bhoys keen on cash plus Griffiths deal for Kevin Nisbet

By Euan Davidson

August 21, 2021

Occasional Celtic TV commentator and PLZ Soccer host Peter Martin has stated that the Bhoys are looking to make a deal for Kevin Nisbet which includes Leigh Griffiths.

According to Martin, it’ll be a cash plus Griffiths deal for the Scotland striker. Nisbet hit 18 goals last season, with 8 assists [Transfermarkt], breaking into Steve Clarke’s Euro 2020 squad. Interestingly, he made the squad at the expense of Leigh Griffiths, who struggled again last season.

Quite the potential move, according to Martin, who tweeted:

Hibs Sporting Director Graeme Mathie told the Athletic in July that he wanted to break the Leith side’s transfer record this summer. That could potentially involve either Kevin Nisbet or Josh Doig, another player who’s been linked with Celtic in the past [Sky Sports].

However, if there’s an ex-Hibee in a deal, that may change Mathie’s opinion somewhat. Speculation about Griffiths’ future was constant in 20-21, with his contract running out. He signed a new deal at the start of July [Sun], but subsequent events meant he left the Bhoys’ pre-season training camp in Wales.

Since then, he’s barely featured in match squads. He was even booed when making an appearance against West Ham United in pre-season.

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Over the past two weeks, Celtic have been linked with a number of strikers. Thomas Henry, of OH Leuven, looks set to join Genoa. Meanwhile, Greek striker Georgios Giakoumakis of VVV-Venlo is weighing up his options.

Meanwhile, in terms of departures, Odsonne Edouard is reportedly wanted by Premier League outfit Crystal Palace.

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To me, any Griffiths plus cash deal for Kevin Nisbet is an absolute no-brainer. The former Scotland striker just hasn’t contributed enough – by his own standards – over the last few seasons. He hasn’t hit double figures since the 16-17 season [Transfermarkt].

A move to his boyhood club could re-energise the striker in the Autumn of his career. Nisbet, meanwhile, has excellent potential and already considerable experience. He’d also take no time to adapt to life at Celtic.

We’ll wait to see what comes of this. Whether both players are keen, if the money is right; there are so many factors to this potential deal, even if Peter Martin has his info right on this one. As someone close to the club, we’ve no reason to doubt him, but it’s a little out of nowhere.

This could be a very interesting transfer saga.

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