The situation involving Celtic’s strikers took an intriguing twist following some recent comments made by Hoops forward Leigh Griffiths.
The 27-year-old has revealed, as reported by the Daily Record, that he is “85 per cent” close to agree a new contract with the Bhoys, which will presumably keep him at Parkhead for years to come.
Griffiths looks set to be at the Hoops for the foreseeable future then, as does Odsonne Edouard, who recently signed for the Bhoys on a club record fee.
So that leaves an odd man out – Moussa Dembele.
Dembele still has two years left on his current Hoops deal, and as yet there is no indication that he is going to sign a new contract with the Bhoys.
But he is perhaps the best striker at the club, and Brendan Rodgers would love to tie him down on a long-term contract.
There is no guarantee the 21-year-old would want to stay in Glasgow though, as there are no doubt plenty of teams who would be interested in signing him this summer.
The three way battle to become the Hoops striker – for however long it lasts – could well define the Hoops season.
Rodgers must try and find a way to keep all three players happy, and the dynamic has changed from last season after Edouard signed his permanent deal.
Griffiths’ comments about his new deal only add to what is likely to be a very intriguing situation.
In other Celtic news, Griffiths has vowed to become the Hoops’ number one striker