Alex McLeish has backed Leigh Griffiths to quit Celtic and join Aberdeen this summer. 

The former Dons defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the striker may need a move to reignite his career after seven years in Glasgow.

As reported by the Sunday Post, Aberdeen are considering launching a move for the 30-year-old in a bid to bolster their frontline.

The Dons sold influential hitman Sam Cosgrove to Birmingham City in January, while Fraser Hornby, Florian Kamberi and Callum Hendry are all on loan.

Aberdeen have already sealed one new arrival from Parkhead in the shape of Scott Brown.

Griffiths has played a bit-part role this season and is heading into the final 12 months of his Celtic contract.

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McLeish admitted the striker may need a fresh start and suggested Pittodrie could be the ideal destination.

McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: I’ve spoken to Leigh once or twice. I’ve seen him in the Scotland setup and also had a couple of phone calls with him.

“I would have thought at his age he may relish a new start. Okay, maybe it’s the final start but what a way to make that final start than with your ex-teammate and captain Scott Brown.

“He’s been linked to Aberdeen and Aberdeen have lacked an out-and-out goalscorer, a poacher in the box. A guy who moves into positions that other strikers would go: ‘How can he do that and I can’t do that?’

“For me, if I’m reading the newspapers and I hear that link, then I’m saying: ‘Yeah, I’m behind that one.'” 

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Griffiths has scored 119 goals in 236 Premiership appearances during his spells at Celtic and Hibernian.

However, he has netted just five times in 18 games this term, with only seven league starts under his belt.

In other news, Celtic have lined up a double hire with experience “money can’t buy”.