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Report: Celtic star with over 250 appearances could leave on free transfer

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Report: Celtic star with over 250 appearances could leave on free transfer

It appears Leigh Griffiths’ time at Celtic may be coming to an end.

In what’s been a difficult campaign for the club as a whole, Griffiths has done little to enhance his cause.

The lack of fitness that saw him left out of Neil Lennon’s squad for the pre-season trip to France set the tone, and since then his record is only six goals in 20 appearances.

That’s a far cry from the prolific striker who boasted a record of 40 in 51 back in the 2015/16 season.

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Starts have been few and far between for the 30-year-old, and when handed one on Saturday against Falkirk in the Scottish Cup he failed to impress, spurning an early opportunity and contributing little thereafter.

 

Now, the Scottish Sun report that he could be set to leave in the summer.

They say that a one-year option would tie him to the club until 2022 and be worth nearly £1 million to the player, but Celtic may decide not to take up that option.

The report says that the deadline for his extension is believed to be April 30. If the extension is not taken up, the former Wolves man would be eligible for a free transfer at the end of the current campaign.

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Celtic captain Scott Brown has already confirmed he will be taking a player-coach role at Aberdeen under Stephen Glass next season, and the report suggests the Pittodrie club would be interested.

They also claim Griffiths’ former club Hibs “would be attracted by the idea” of him returning for a second spell at Easter Road.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound after the 3-0 win over Falkirk, former Celtic keeper Pat Bonner suggested there was no way back for the man who’s scored 122 goals in 254 appearances.

He said: “I think he’s finished as a Celtic player.

“He’s gone down the pecking order.”

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