By Noel Whelan

4th Sep, 2021 | 1:00pm

Pundit makes 'massive' Griffiths claim after Celtic announcement

Noel Whelan has insisted Leigh Griffiths could be a “massive asset” for Dundee after joining on loan from Celtic.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusivley to Football Insider, admitted he was surprised the Hoops let the striker go just months after signing a new contract at Parkhead.

Celtic confirmed Griffiths had joined Dundee on a season-long loan on deadline day (31st August).

The 31-year-old only signed a one-year contract extension in July.

He was set to be out of contract at Parkhead before committing to the new deal.

Whelan suggested the uncertainty over Odsonne Edouard’s future meant Celtic tied Griffiths down just in case.

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However, he claimed Ange Postecoglou just “doesn’t fancy” the Scotland international.

Asked if he was surprised Celtic had let Griffiths head out on loan, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Well yeah, kind of.

“The new manager’s come in, contracts are signed, they knew Edouard was going so that’s maybe the reason why they gave him that extension.

“There’s a reason why people let players go. He’s surplus to requirements, the new manager doesn’t fancy him that much in the squad. He feels that he’s got enough there to cover.

“Leigh Griffiths also needs to play football at his age. He’s going to be a great acquisition for Dundee, absolutely no doubt about that. He’s one player that is a natural goal scorer.

“I think he will do really well at Dundee and he will be a massive asset to them. He’s bringing experience, quality, a proven goal scorer in his position. This could be the help they need to stay in the league.”

Griffiths scored seven times in 26 appearances for Celtic last season.

However, he did not make a single competitive appearance under Postecoglou before leaving Parkhead.

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