Steven Naismith has recently delivered a transfer claim about Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths.
Naismith recently appeared on PLZ Soccer’s The Football Show and the panel talked about numerous issues involving Scottish football and Celtic themselves.
The former Everton star believes that Griffiths will have options to choose from for his next club. And if the conditions match, the striker could well end up signing for Hibernian once again.
It was recently reported by The Scottish Sun that Aberdeen are interested in signing Griffiths on a free transfer in the summer, as the Hoops could look to release him at the end of the campaign. The same report stated that Hibernian could also look to bring him back if he becomes available on a free transfer.
Should Celtic allow Griffiths to leave?
Naismith believes that Griffiths has to understand that there is a lot riding on the summer and he wouldn’t be surprised if the Scot ends up at Easter Road.
The Hearts man said: “If they are a goalscorer, there is always a demand for them – every manager will be [like] ‘I can get an arm around him’, ‘I can get the best out of him’. That all happens every season. I think he will have his options. The one thing that will go against him is the amount of football that he has missed over the course of the last two seasons for whatever reason.
“For him, there is so much on the line – the Euros, being out of contract, or whatever the situation may be come the summer, he has got to understand the amount that is riding on not only just this last five weeks but the whole summer.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he was at Hibs, if that was a deal that could be done if he became a free agent.”
TIF Thoughts on Griffiths’ future…
Griffiths’ transfer value has only decreased since March 2018 and it currently stands at only £1.35 million. Not only that, he’s faced constant injury and fitness issues over the years as well and this season, he failed to play regularly.
Neil Lennon raised question marks about his fitness and ability to play games regularly. These things should concern Celtic and those are the reasons why it would make sense for the Bhoys to part ways with Griffiths in the summer.