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Alan Hutton has urged the new Celtic manager to block Leigh Griffiths from quitting this summer.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Patryk Klimala and Albian Ajeti were nowhere near good enough to lead the line for the Bhoys.

As reported by the Sunday Post, Aberdeen are considering launching a move to prise Griffiths from Parkhead this summer.

The 30-year-old is set to enter the final 12 months of his Celtic contract, leaving his future up in the air.

However, star striker Odsonne Edouard is also out of contract in 2021 and is expected to leave Parkhead this summer.

Griffiths has played a bit-part role at Celtic after being chastised by former boss Neil Lennon over his fitness.

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He has netted six goals in 20 appearances so far but has played just seven minutes under interim manager John Kennedy.

However, Hutton suggested Celtic could not afford to let both Edouard and Griffiths leave.

Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I think Aberdeen are the best of the rest. I don’t mean that in a bad way but I’m talking about outside Rangers and Celtic they’re probably the biggest team.

“I do think it’d be a good move. I’m sitting looking at it thinking maybe it is time for a fresh start. He’s been excellent. For me, he’s still one of the top strikers in Scotland.

“He will score you goals when he is fit and all-firing. I’ve said that on numerous occasions. I think the only flip side to that, me saying it’s time for fresh start, is when a new manager comes in.

“If he comes in and likes the look of him, there’s no reason to say he’s not good enough to play in that team. You’re looking at Edouard probably leaving. Klimala, for me, is not up there to be a starter and neither is Ajeti. 

“There’s an opportunity there for him to play. It’s really going to fall down to him and how he sees his future. Either way, I think it’s a good option for him.”

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