Exclusive: Celtic star backed to reject exit despite Lennon comments
Alan Hutton has suggested that Leigh Griffiths would turn down the chance to leave Celtic this summer despite his fall down the pecking order at Parkhead.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland defender one twist of fate could bring the 30-year-old back into the fray under Neil Lennon.
As confirmed by Neil Lennon to the media last week, the Scotland striker is not available for loan and is currently a couple of weeks away from fitness after an injury layoff.
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Griffiths came under fire from the Northern Irish boss earlier this summer for returning to training overweight and unfit, while he was also in the spotlight for breaching social distancing guidelines.
However, despite having seen the Scottish striker fall behind Patryk Klimala and Albian Ajeti in the pecking order at Parkhead, Hutton believes Griffiths would turn down a move away.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I think obviously with it being such a big season, Leigh Griffiths would want to be part of that, going for 10-in-a-row, he’s been there for a long time now.
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“He’s been through some struggles in previous seasons but he’s come through them and he can do it again. He’s always going to be a goal scorer and he’ll know, he’ll be backing himself to score goals this season.
“I think he’ll stay and fight for his position. Yes, he’s down the pecking order at the moment but things can easily turn. All it takes is maybe Edouard to move clubs or someone to get injured and you’re back in the frame.
“I think he’ll definitely stay and fight for it.”
Griffiths netted 11 goals in 31 appearances for Celtic last season, with just 10 league starts to his name.
He is yet to feature in a matchday squad this term, while Ajeti, Klimala and Odsonne Edouard have all played and scored.