Sport 7 Leigh Griffiths post Celtic transfer options from Sydney to Saughton Enclosure as he reaches career crossroads
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Celtic are preparing to open talks with Benfica over a permanent transfer for Jota, according to The Daily Record‘s Scott Burns. The lowdown The Hoops have already sealed three January deals, recruiting Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate from Japan’s J1 League. According to Burns, it’s full steam ahead as they negotiate the terms […]The Hoops have already sealed three January deals, recruiting Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate from Japan’s J1 League. According to Burns, it’s full steam ahead as they negotiate the terms of a long-term deal for Spurs loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Leigh Griffiths has been cut loose byand he is now at a career crossroads.
The 31-year-old will remain aton loan until the end of the transfer window but his Parkhead contract will then be ripped up.
While the Scotland cap is to be included in the Dark Blues’ squad for Tuesday night’sclash against Livingston, his future under James McPake also looks bleak.
Dundee had initially decided to cut Griffiths ’ loan spell short to send him back to Celtic Park after a lacklustre spell with the strugglers.
While he had time to impress on Tayside, he looks set to become a free agent on January 31.
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Celtic are ‘days’ away from completing the signing of striker Johnny Kenny from Sligo Rovers, according to The Sligo Champion (via The Irish Independent). The lowdown: Celtic busy Celtic have already made three signings this month, recruiting Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate from the J1 League. Kenny, who’s scored three goals in as […]Celtic have already made three signings this month, recruiting Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate from the J1 League.
It's been a fall from grace for the frontman so what next for? Record Sport takes a look at the options that may be on the table.
Western Sydney Wanderers
A stint in Australia is now a well-trodden path for Scots.
The A-League has been a destination for players looking to see out their career and Western Sydney Wanderers are in the market for a striker.
Former Wales cap Carl Robinson is managing the side and was reportedly keeping tabs on Jason Cummings and may turn his attention to his Dundee teammate.
Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald is also head coach of National Premier Leagues club Gold Coast Knights and could take a punt on the attacker from a division he knows well.
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Pundit Alan Hutton has been reacting to Ewan Henderson’s move from Celtic to Hibernian, Football Insider report. The Lowdown: Busy start to 2022 The Hoops have wasted no time when it comes to their January business, with moves for Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi and Daizen Maeda already finalised. Permanent moves for loanees Cameron Carter-Vickers and […]The Hoops have wasted no time when it comes to their January business, with moves for Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi and Daizen Maeda already finalised.
St Patrick's Athletic
Former Hibs teammate Tim Clancy in charge and players from Scotland have often ended up across the Irish Sea in their career twilight.
Clancy has looked to the Scottish league in recent seasons with former Rangers winger Billy King and ex-Hamilton striker Tunde Owalabi in the dressing room.
Celtic great Jimmy Johnstone went to Ireland at the end of his career to play for Shelbourne. Could Griffiths see out his career pushing for the League of Ireland title?
Owen Coyle has looked to bring a Scottish flavour to his Indian Super League hopefuls this season.
Having lifted the title while managing Chennaiyin FC, his first big move as Jamshedpur boss was to pull off a real signing coup with the addition of Greg Stewart - a free agent after leaving Rangers.
With Griffiths set to be without a club, the former Burnley, St Johnstone and Ross County could be picking up the phone to the Scotland cap to make his case.
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He is currently on the sidelines through injuryThe Bhoys have been busy in the early stages of the transfer window, completing the signings of Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate, but it appears boss Ange Postecoglou is looking to do even more business before the end of the month.
Griffiths spent a spell in England on the books at Wolves, but struggled to find his feet south of the border.
The striker spent most of his spell at Molineux on loan at Hibs, before returning when the club were relegated to League One.
Kenny Jackett was the man charged with brining the now English Premier League side straight back up, and he brought the best out of a returning Griffiths.
He netted 13 goals under Jackett and his form earned him his move to Celtic.
With Jackett now in charge of Leyton Orient in English League Two, could he help kick-start Griffiths career again?
Griffiths made his breakthrough in the SPFL with the Lions, but would the Premiership side roll the dice?
He's struggled for game time and goals with their relegation rivals, but the club have been willing to give second chance to strikers.
The west Lothian club's manager David Martindale knows all about second chances and may back the 31-year-old to shoot Livi to safety this season.
A dark horse move for Griffiths, but with Kevin Thomson in charge he may give his old pal a phone to help continue their League Two title surge.
Leigh Griffiths Celtic exit confirmed as Ange Postecoglou sends parting message to released striker
The Scotland international is currently at Dundee and his future is up in the air. As exclusively revealed by Record Sport , the Parkhead club have activated an option to release the controversial Scotland international.
The duo briefly played together at Hibs back in 2013 as the now Kelty boss looked to restart his playing career. He could now offer Griffiths the same chance in the lower league.
Last season's Lowland League winners haven't been shy in splashing the cash as they look to climb the SPFL table, and Griffiths would be a landmark recruit.
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What if Griffiths just wants to get out of the spotlight and get back to playing football for fun again?
If so, then a return to where it all started would be perfect. He has previously described the Saughton Enclosure as his "field of dreams", so if he wants to play purely for the love of the game he may look outside of the SPFL.
It would be a massive drop to the East of Scotland League from the top flight, but Griffiths career path hasn't been short of twists and turns.
'I understand...' - Kieran Devlin makes Celtic claim regarding 'really important' Ange signing .
The Athletic‘s Celtic correspondent Kieran Devlin has refused to rule out the possibility of Johnny Kenny breaking into the first team before the end of the campaign. The Lowdown: Kenny arrival The Hoops pipped Hibernian to Kenny’s services earlier this month, with the 18-year-old joining from Sligo Rovers in a deal worth £135,000. Hailed as […]The Hoops pipped Hibernian to Kenny’s services earlier this month, with the 18-year-old joining from Sligo Rovers in a deal worth £135,000.