Pundit and former Celtic player Davie Provan has given his verdict on the future of striker Leigh Griffiths.
In recent months, there has been much speculation about the 30-year old’s future at the club, with the Hoops having the option to terminate his deal or keep him on for another season.
During the week, a member of Griffiths’s family looked to have suggested that the club had released the frontman, but there has yet to be any confirmation on whether that is the case or not yet.
Speaking on Go Radio, Provan revealed his thoughts on the contract situation, stating he would have kept the striker at the club.
“I don’t want to add to Celtic’s troubles, but again, you can’t help but contrast the difference between Jermain Defoe still playing at 38 and Leigh Griffiths, who looks as if he’s leaving Celtic at 30. By the way, I would not let Leigh Griffiths go. I don’t think Celtic can afford to let him go.
“If Edouard goes, Ajeti, I don’t think is up to it; Klimala has gone. Why would you let Leigh Griffiths go? I think he let his teammates, his manager, down last summer when he turned up overweight and unfit, but you have to assume you can get him into shape, offer him some kind of incentivised contract.
“But don’t let a boy who can finish as well as he does walk out of the club when you’re so short of strikers.”
At the stage we are currently at, I think you can see both sides to the argument.
Griffiths has shown what he is capable of with some of the goals he has scored in the past. This summer, we are also set to lose a host of players, and if he were to depart, we would be left with just one striker in Albian Ajeti.
However, he hasn’t down that enough recently and last season faced many problems in terms of injury, which seems to be a recurring problem for the striker.
Some clarification is needed on the situation, and we should have that hopefully soon, with some players set to return to pre-season as early as next week.