Alex McLeish has urged Celtic to trigger Leigh Griffith’s extension clause ahead of next week’s reported deadline.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 30-year-old could emulate Kyle Lafferty after the Kilmarnock hitman’s “incredible” form in recent weeks.
As reported by the Scottish Sun, Celtic have until the end of the month to trigger a one-year extension clause in Griffiths’ contract.
If the Hoops choose not to take up the option, said to be worth £1million to Griffiths, then he will become a free agent this summer.
The striker has scored seven goals in 24 games this term, including a last-minute equaliser against Aberdeen in midweek.
However, only nine of his appearances have come among the starting XI.
Meanwhile, Lafferty has netted 10 goals in only eight matches since returning to Scotland with Killie.
McLeish admitted the Northern Ireland star had proved age is but a number.
As such, he suggested Griffiths could follow suit if Celtic triggered his extension clause.
Asked if he would keep the striker for another season, Mcleish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I would say they have to.
“At the moment, there’s nobody who has come in. Nobody has come in and said: ‘New broom, sweep it clean. We’re going to get rid of five or six,’ and the new man brings in his own men.
“Then perhaps Leigh could be a victim there. But I would have thought he would have been extremely handy to keep around. I think there’s a good example of an experienced striker doing well when you look at Kilmarnock in recent weeks, Kyle Lafferty. He’s been banging them in.
“When I saw him at Rangers, I thought the big man’s getting towards the end of his career, his legs are not what they were. He’s so sharp at the moment. That is incredible.
“It’s just a good striker with the knowledge and he knows what he’s doing. A good intelligent footballer and a guy who knows his position extremely well.”
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