Exclusive: McNamara reacts as Leeds make approach to sign striker from title chasers

Jackie McNamara suggests that Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths could be tempted by a move to Leeds United but that the club are unlikely to let him go.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Bhoys and Scotland defender believes Neil Lennon will not let his centre-forward leave Parkhead before the end of the transfer window.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Leeds have made contact with the Glasgow giants over signing Griffiths this month, with the Hoops placing a price tag of £10-12million on his head.

However, despite saying that an eight-figure price tag would be a good deal for the Bhoys, McNamara does not think Lennon will greenlight the Scotland international’s departure.

Asked if £10-12million would be a good bit of business, McNamara told Football Insider: “For Griffiths? Yeah, I think it would be, it would be a lot of money but I think Neil’s said he wants to keep him. I don’t see them selling him unless they’re willing to let him go.

“(Would he be tempted by Leeds?) Yeah, I think so but it’ll only happen if they don’t want him, they don’t think he’ll play and cash in on him.”

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Griffiths has played 20 times for Celtic across all competitions this season, finding the back of the net on five occasions.

He has scored a goal in each of the Bhoys’ last two games, helping his side to a 3-1 win over Kilmarnock on Wednesday night.

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