Sport Leigh Griffiths on cusp of signing new Celtic contract

13:05  14 september  2018
13:05  14 september  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Griffiths discusses his ongoing contract talks with Celtic

  Griffiths discusses his ongoing contract talks with Celtic Leigh Griffiths has revealed that his contract negotiations with Celtic are rapidly drawing towards a positive conclusion. As quoted by BBC Sport, the Scotland international delivered a big update on his current situation at Celtic, with the experienced forward desperate to sign a new deal with the club. “It’s still ongoing. It’s almost completed now and hopefully in the next couple of weeks, it’ll be done and dusted. Hopefully, it’s a nice, long contract. Why would you want to leave a club like Celtic? You’re playing week in, week out playing in front of 60,000 fans every week.” “You’re winning trophies every season. There’s not many players that can say they’ve played for Celtic.” Griffiths’ importance to Brendan Rodgers’ plans at Celtic Park will have only heightened in recent times, with Moussa Dembele completing a big-money move to Ligue 1 giants Lyon last week. Despite having approximately three years remaining on his current deal with the Scottish Premiership champions, Griffiths appears to be positive over extending his stay at Celtic for the foreseeable future. Having scored 100 goals for Celtic, the 28-year-old is setting his sights on bigger and better things with the club. With contract talks progressing well, Griffiths has set himself a goal of scoring another century for the Hoops. “I’m in an elite number of players that have scored 100 goals and I want to extend that, I want to try and get to the 200 now so if the contract gets over the line, that’ll be my next target.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is on the cusp of signing a new contract with the club, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The deal for the Scotland striker to sign is a welcome one according to Rodgers, who still believes the Scotland forward can improve even more.

Speaking about the impending news, he said:

“Yeah, I think it’s pretty close. It’s virtually agreed. I had a long chat with Leigh today and he’s very happy here. He knows what he needs to do to improve and develop as a player. I think 25 yards in he is as good as you’ll get in terms of a goalscorer. But the game has moved on.”

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“It’s not just about goals now for strikers. It’s about how they work, how they press. They’ve got to be able to run forward and run back. He is a player I always want to have here because he has that goalscoring threat.”

Rodgers talks up new deals for Forrest and Brown

  Rodgers talks up new deals for Forrest and Brown Brendan Rodgers has talked up the chances of both Scott Brown and James Forrest signing new deals at the club. The Scotsman have quoted the Hoops boss as saying the deals are close with both players. “Scott has made it clear he wants to be here and I am sure there will be a deal done pretty soon on that. He is quite relaxed about it. He knows what we think of him here at the club so hopefully that will be done.” “James and his people will be speaking with the club and, likewise, a player we would love to extend here because he has been absolutely brilliant in my time here.” Rodgers will be hoping that the duo can follow Leigh Griffiths, who is also closing in on a new deal with the Bhoys. Brown’s new deal has dominated the headlines recently, with dominant midfielder making his feelings very clear about extending his stay at the club. Forrest was one of the unsung heroes of the previous title-winning campaign with a number of impressive performances, helping the Hoops on their way. The news will come as a huge boost to the club as they prepare to take on St Mirren in a bid to close the gap between themselves and Hearts on Friday night.

The gaffer went on to reiterate how close the deal was to being signed.

“He is a player you know can get a goal. So, yeah, I think we are nearly there on that and pretty soon I hope it can be announced and be done, which is great news for him and great news for Celtic.”

It’s good news for Celtic to tie down the Scot, as Griffiths now plays an even more important role in their forward line after the exit of Moussa Dembele.

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Griffiths not concerned about Roders' China links .
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths does not appear to be phased by the rumours linking Brendan Rodgers with a move to China. Rodgers himself confirmed he had a big-money offer put on the table to swap Celtic for the Chinese Super League recently. The Celtic boss was believed to have been offered a contract worth a reported £44 million, quite the jump from his £2 million salary that he currently takes home with the Scottish champions. However, Griffiths believes that the job Rodgers has on his hands at Celtic is too big for him to merely just walk away from for a big payday. Speaking about his manager’s future, as reported by the Evening Times, “If you get an offer from China, I’m guessing it would be big bucks. But you know the gaffer’s love for the club, the way he wants to do things and the way he goes about his business.” “There’s always going to be talk about him, but we have shown we are unified, we are together fighting for the same cause and we have got three trophies to defend this season. We want to go on and win them again.” The Hoops will be hoping to get their season back on track with a positive result against Aberdeen at the weekend.

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