Football Insider pundit Alan Hutton has been having his say on Leigh Griffiths’ deadline day exit from Celtic Park.
The Lowdown: Dundee move
The Hoops were extremely busy in the final hours of the summer window, with three incomings and three outgoings going through.
However, it was Griffiths’ departure that had former SPL right-back Hutton baffled.
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The Latest: Hutton reacts
Hutton was talking to Football Insider about Griffiths’ move on deadline day.
The 36-year-old described it as ‘very interesting’ and backed the Celtic big earner to thrive at Dundee under James McPake.
“It’s interesting. I think the whole situation surrounding Leigh is very interesting.
“We know he had his issues last season. He has been in and out. He signs a new one-year deal and then is nowhere to be seen.
“What’s going on in the background? This boy needs to play football. When match fit and playing week in, week out, he will score you goals. It’s as simple as that.
“He’s a goalscorer but he wasn’t getting the opportunity at Celtic. Whatever the reason might be, we don’t know.
“It’s a club he knows well, he’s been at Dundee before, familiar surroundings. Obviously, James McPake, the manager, has got the confidence of him coming in and scoring goals.
“He needs to play football. He’s at an age now where he doesn’t want all this nonsense behind him affecting his game.
“He just wants to play and score goals. I think this is a move which can help him do that.”
The Verdict: The right decision
It was strange that the 31-year-old signed new terms under Ange Postecoglou and departed without kicking a competitive ball this season, but it is for the best.
Postecoglou has Kyogo Furuhashi, Albian Ajeti, Giakoumakis, Jota and Liel Abada as attacking options and appears to be building for the future with youngsters Karamoko Dembele and Mikey Johnston in the squad.
Griffiths obviously wasn’t in his plans going forward as he didn’t feature, so moving him on to Dundee was the right call.
You’d expect there’s every chance that we have seen Griffiths in a Celtic shirt for the final time with his deal up in the summer, but it will be interesting to see how he gets on at Dens Park.
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