The biggest transfer rumour coming from the East End of Glasgow this week is undoubtedly Leigh Griffiths’ proposed move from Wolves to Celtic. Will it happen, or won’t it?
But the news is dividing opinion amongst Celtic fans with many believing he is not good enough to feature in the Hoops, and, although he is good enough for Scottish football, he is not what they need to progress in the Champions League.
Well we hope we can change your mind with this list of why we believe Celtic should sign Griffiths.
By Scott MacArthur – @scottmacarthur8
1) He is a natural goal-scorer
Griffiths began his career as a 16 year-old at Livingston where he scored 22 goals in 47 appearances before moving to Dundee in 2009. At the Tayside club he went on to bag 21 goals in 47 appearances which tempted Wolves to sign him in 2011 before loaning him to Hibernian. During his time in Edinburgh he scored a whopping 31 goals in 66 appearances and since returning to Wolves this season the hit-man has netted 12 times in 26 appearances. Not bad for a 23 year-old.
2) He could be the next Gary Hooper
Gary Hooper wasn’t exactly a marquee signing when he joined Celtic. He was a 22-year-old striker playing for Championship side Scunthorpe with no experience of playing in the Champions League or even the top flight in Scotland. The Englishman went on to net 63 times in 95 appearances for the Parkhead side before being sold on to Premier League side Norwich for £5million.
3) He fits into Celtic’s ‘Buy to sell’ category
Gone are the days when Celtic would spend upwards of £5million on a player. Like most clubs in Scotland, they still watch their spending and with the absence of Rangers there’s really no need to fork out the big bucks on a top class player to compete with their rivals. You need only look at the likes of Victor Wanyama, Gary Hooper and potentially Virgil van Dijk who have been brought in for pennies with their value rising massively to see that Celtic are a selling club. Griffiths is only 23 and with a price tag of around £1.25million there is potential for the Hoops to make profit on the striker if he can shine on the big stage.
4) He’s homegrown
Under the Martin O’Neill era Celtic performed well with players from Scotland and the United Kingdom. This current team sees that same strategy with the likes of Charlie Mulgrew, Scott Brown, Kris Commons and James Forrest steering Celtic to their third league title in a row along with Joe Ledley, Adam Matthews and Fraser Forster. On top of that, playing for Celtic can only do good for Griffiths’ chances of becoming a regular under Gordon Strachan’s national team.
5) He scores goals like this
And this …
6) His on-field attitude is spot on
Griffiths doesn’t exactly have the best of records off the field. He has been in trouble with the police for assault, racist tweets and charged with shop lifting, but nobody can say he doesn’t give 100% when push comes to shove. He played a pivotal role in Hibs avoiding relegation in the 2011/12 season and if he wasn’t scoring goals his work rate was always outstanding. If Griffiths does feature in the hoops then Celtic fans can be assured he will always give it his all.