Next summer promises to be one of change for Celtic as a number of players are expected to depart. One of them could turn out to be Leigh Griffiths, who has drifted away from the first-team picture this season.
Since signing with the club from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2014, Griffiths has scored 122 goals in 257 appearances according to stats from Transfermarkt and even had an incredible 40 goal campaign in 2015/16. This season, however, has been one to forget for many of the club’s players and he is no exception.
It started out on the wrong foot in the first place as he was believed to be unfit when he arrived for the pre-season and missed the first portion of the campaign. And he has never quite managed to get a run of games this season.
“Leigh Griffiths is 30 just now. But, rather than firing on all cylinders, it feels like his Celtic career is just being left to fizzle out.”
He also warned the striker that he is drifting into obscurity and feels he might need a fresh start:
“At the moment, he is drifting into obscurity.
“He needs a spark and a fresh start. Come the summer, he will only have 12 months left on his contract. A parting of the ways might be the best solution for all concerned.”
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Should Griffiths stay at Celtic or leave?
The Scottish international has scored 6 times in 21 appearances this season. With the Euros coming up this summer Griffiths would have been keen to rediscover his form and go to the competition. However, that looks very unlikely at the moment.
While the dream would be for Griffiths to finish the season strong and represent Scotland in the Euros, it looks unlikely. And some rumours suggest he could be headed for the Parkhead exit in the summer.
Like a lot else, it depends on who the incoming manager will be and how Griffiths fits into his plans. If he doesn’t, then it is hard to see him remain at the club. Clubs like Aberdeen and Hibernian have been touted as possible destinations.
That is for the future though. For now, Griffiths must work hard and take his chances when they come.