Alex Bruce insists there is “no reason” why Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths cannot finish his career at Parkhead after the forward revealed his future plans.
The former Kilmarnock defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 29-year-old could continue to pose a threat up front for another couple of years were he to remain with the Bhoys.
Speaking to Si Ferry for Open Goal, Griffiths admitted he was looking to secure a new two-year deal and hinted he could hang up his boots after that.
His current contract is set to expire in the summer of 2022, having been at Celtic since joining from Wolves in January 2014.
With Griffiths hinting he has his sights set on staying at Celtic for the rest of his time as a player, Bruce believes he has enough quality to see out his ambition.
Asked if he thought Griffiths would be given the chance to finish his career in Glasgow, Bruce told Football Insider: “We never know, do we? They’ve stuck by him during his problems off the field and he’s come back last season to hit a few vital goals.
“The one thing that he is up there is a natural goal scorer. He’s got that canny knack of putting the ball in the back of the net.
“To have him in the squad, someone who they call upon to grab them a goal, I don’t see any reason why not.”
Asked if he could see himself finishing his career at Parkhead, Griffiths told Open Goal: “Yeah. If I can do well in the next year, I will try to get myself another two-year deal. That will take me to 34.
“Then we will see where we go after that. I want to do my coaching badges too. I can’t see myself as a manager, but I could be a strikers’ coach.”