Report: Hibernian made last-ditch bid for Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

By Euan Davidson

August 31, 2021

Hibernian wanted to re-sign Leigh Griffiths from Celtic, but were ousted by Dundee, according to a report.

The Courier state that the Hibees, managed by Jack Ross, were keen to add to their striking ranks this summer. Griffiths, who was at the Leith side before he moved to Celtic, had his choice of former clubs.

According to the report, Hibs even had a loan deal agreed with Celtic. That left the choice up to Griffiths, who decided to reunite with James McPake, who he played with at Hibs and Livingston.

With Kevin Nisbet, James Scott, Christian Doidge and Jamie Gullan all options for the Hibees, playing time was perhaps less of a guarantee in the capital.

Former Celtic striker John Hartson had a message for Griffiths upon his move to Dundee. With a season-long loan deal agreed, and Griffiths’ contract expiring in 2022, Hartson said that we’ve probably seen the last of the striker in the Green and White.

Griffiths was previously linked with a move to Hibs that involved Kevin Nisbet coming to Parkhead. Peter Martin of PLZ Soccer, and sometimes Celtic TV, claimed a swap deal plus cash was being negotiated. However, it didn’t come to pass.

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Griffiths to Hibernian might have seemed better move on paper, but striker values manager

Joining a club likelier to battle relegation than challenge for Europe might seem a strange choice at first glance.

However, it makes sense. Griffiths would seem unlikely to dislodge Scotland international Nisbet from the main striker spot. Hibs have also recruited quite well over the summer, meaning there’s no lacking for attacking options.

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Meanwhile, at Dundee, he’ll surely be the main man. Jason Cummings hasn’t been a reliable source of goals, and Cillian Sheridan isn’t a guaranteed double-figure scorer.

Working under a manager he knows well, being trusted to score goals and to help a club he’s been at before proved too alluring for the striker.

So, it may first appear odd, but the Dundee move makes perfect sense.

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