Celtic interim boss John Kennedy has confirmed that the club will be in talks with Hoops striker Leigh Griffiths about his future at the club.

Reports late last night suggested that Griffiths could be released on a free, with Aberdeen waiting in the wings as a possible new club for the 30-year old. As quoted by the Daily Record, Kennedy confirmed this during today’s press conference ahead of this weekend’s fixture against Livingston that Griffiths and the club are in talks.

“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.”

Fitness has been a problem for the Celtic frontman as he approaches seven years at the club.

Last Saturday’s performance against Falkirk was a little disappointing from Griffiths when he had the possible chance to lay down a marker against the League One side.

What must come into account with these talks is where the club is looking to go in the future and if the Celtic number nine is part of the long-term plans. If not, it may be time to cut ties with the wages he is on.

The next few weeks will be crucial in deciding whether we see Leigh at the club next season under a new manager.


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