Kenny: Griffiths should quit Celtic within days after transfer update

Leigh Griffiths must quit Celtic this summer regardless of whether he is offered a new contract or not.

That is according to ex-Premier League shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the striker whose contract expired at the end of May.

In April, the Daily Mail (via the Daily Record), reported that Griffiths’ representatives expect a final decision over whether to hand him a 12-month extension to be made when a new manager is appointed.

That could be just days away after this site revealed on Thursday that the Hoops are free to appoint Ange Postecoglou after agreeing a compensation package with his club Yokohama F. Marinos.

The Scotsman reported on Monday that Hibernian are continuing to monitor Griffiths, who started just seven times in the Scottish Premiership in 2020-21.

And after eight seasons, 262 appearances and 123 goals in Celtic colours, it might be the right time for the 30-year-old to move on, claims Kenny.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “He’s had his problems off the pitch so maybe he needs a fresh start himself.

“It’s a difficult one. But what a player he’s been for Celtic over the years.

“He’s been there for nearly a decade now. That’s a long time. Maybe he just needs a change of scenery, a new focus and a new challenge.

“He’s definitely got credit in the bank which is probably why he has escaped criticism from the fans this season when a lot of others haven’t.”

Celtic signed Griffiths from Wolves for £1million in 2014.

He has won 14 titles throughout his time at Parkhead.

In other news, pundit backs Celtic to seal multiple “left-field signings” amid Postecoglou reveal.