Leigh Griffiths is a certified hero amongst the Celtic fans here in the Transfer Tavern.
Indeed, the Bhoys in the bar are largely in love with their striker, who wasn’t even a first choice this time last year, considering the form of Moussa Dembele. After important goals in the Champions League, as well as his constant winding up of Rangers, the former Hibee is most certainly a popular figure amongst our resident Hoops.
So, comments from Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee haven’t come as much of a surprise, as unwelcome as they may be.
Speaking to the Edinburgh Evening News, the former Motherwell chief suggested the 27-year-old could easily play in the Premier League, highlighting both Newcastle United and Brighton as clubs he could turn out for, such is the improvement in his game over the last 18 months.
Griffiths’ only spell south of the border came with Wolverhampton Wanderers between 2011 and 2014, spending most of that time on loan with Hibs, though was touted as a potential Newcastle target over the course of the summer.
”A year to 18 months ago if someone down the road had said to me ‘could Leigh Griffiths do well in the Championship?’ I’d have said ‘He is a finisher, in the right team then probably’”, he said.
“Now if someone asked if he could do well in the Premier League I’d not hesitate, his all-round game has improved so much.
“Remember I watch these games all the time. Last week I was at Brighton against Newcastle and Leigh could have played in either of those teams, absolutely no danger. That’s how much he has come on as far as I am concerned.”
While it’s nice to see his improvement recognised, our punters clad in green and white seriously hope he doesn’t depart.
A late bloomer, Griffiths would be an excellent addition to a mid-table Premier League side. He may be no Romelu Lukaku or Harry Kane, though the Scotland international has played at a high level and would certainly prove a palpable goal threat wherever he goes.
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