By Frank McAvennie

12th Apr, 2021 | 4:00pm

McAvennie pleads with Celtic not to let Griffiths go after Kennedy reveal

Frank McAvennie insists Leigh Griffiths deserves more time at Celtic after a strong performance in the Scottish Cup. 

The former Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists that Griffiths is the best finisher at the club despite missing all of his chances against Falkirk.

Celtic boss John Kennedy has put a six-week timescale on sorting out Griffith’s future in quotes that he gave to The Daily Record, with the player’s contract expiring next summer.

He said, “Game time has been hard to come by for one reason or another but all he [Griffiths] can do is continue to work hard and see what happens in the next six weeks.”

Despite a wasteful display against Falkirk, McAvennie urged Celtic to give Griffiths more game time and insists he deserves the benefit of the doubt after not playing regular football this season.

“I looked at Griffiths last weekend and the chances that he had,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“When he gets those chances, nine out of ten he’ll put away but he’s not been playing that much so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

“It just shows you what a terrific player he is because he’s created chances and got in the danger area but he couldn’t take them.

“But if they give him more game time, and I hope they do, he’ll put them away because for me, he’s the best finisher there.”

The Hoops progressed to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup with their 3-0 win over Falkirk last weekend even though Griffiths was unable to get on the scoresheet.

According to Wyscout, Griffiths registered an expected goals rate of 1.19xG which suggests that he should’ve scored during his 61 minutes on the pitch.

In other news, Celtic are in talks to sign a striker with a six-figure fee in line to be paid.