Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie believes the Hoops may have made a mistake by not utilising Leigh Griffiths more this season.
The 30-year-old, who is valued at £1.35 million (Transfermarkt), has been a lesser-seen entity this term at Celtic Park, making 22 appearances in all competitions and just seven starts in the Scottish Premiership all season.
With 22 Scotland caps and 122 goals in his Celtic career, Griffiths has been a proven performer for the Hoops, whose absence has been sorely missed and placed extra responsibility on the shoulders of Odsonne Edouard.
“I look at him and think, he’s the best striker at Celtic. At the moment he’s better than Edouard, finishing I mean, he’s the best finisher at the club. You give him a chance and he’ll put it away, that’s what he does.
“I’d have played Griffiths, I’d have stuck with it. I don’t get this in the modern-day game, people saying he’s not fit. I’ve heard John Kennedy saying he’s not fit, Neil Lennon saying he’s not, that’s on you, you’re the manager. What are all these fitness coaches getting paid for?”
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Recent reports have claimed league rivals Aberdeen are interested in making Griffiths their second Celtic capture at the end of the season, having already secured Scott Brown in a player-coach capacity.
Given the lack of game time afforded to the man hailed as ‘tremendous’ by former national team boss Alex McLeish, it’d be easy to understand why the Edinburgh-born ace may consider bringing an end to his seven-year spell with the club.
From a Celtic perspective, with Edouard’s future very much up in the air as prospective targets continue to make their interest known, the Hoops should be wary of making wholesale changes, having already lost an experienced manager and captain.