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Kevin Phillips has told Celtic to offer Leigh Griffiths a new contract with his current deal set to expire in the summer. 

The former Sunderland hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on Griffiths’ situation.

On Friday, John Kennedy provided an update on Griffiths’ future ahead of his contract deadline.

He said, “Leigh will have the discussion with the guys at the club, probably in the next week or so – two weeks, maybe – and decide what’s going to happen.”

Phillips claims Celtic should offer the striker a new deal, even if he isn’t a regular starter next season.

“It’s always a tough one, we know he has the ability,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“You’ve got a new manager coming in, he’ll want to have a look at the players but he has to make a quick decision. 

“There are all kind of scenarios. Is he going to play enough minutes to help Celtic win the league?

“Can you bring other players in if he was to leave? For the sake of one year, I’d take the option up. 

“He has got that quality even if he doesn’t play every week, you know what he can do off the bench. 

“His dead balls have been brilliant, I would get him on that last year.”

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Griffiths, 30, has only started seven Scottish Premiership games this season but has still managed five goals in the competition.

He played no part as Celtic lost the last Old Firm of the season 4-1 at the weekend.

In other news, Frank McAvennie is gutted one Celtic player could quit the club this summer.