BBC pundit Kevin Phillips has backed Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths to shine in 2021/22 after he agreed a one-year contract extension at Parkhead.
The Lowdown: Celtic look to mount 2021/22 title bid
Moving towards the new season, Ange Postecoglou will be determined to put together a title-winning side as the Celts look to put forward a serious bid to regain their Premiership crown.
Acquiring new personnel may prove vital to this mission, but enhancing current club assets could also provide a roadmap to success.
The 30-year-old may well fall into this category. Following months of uncertainty surrounding his future, the Scotland international recently penned a 12-month deal keeping him in Glasgow for the foreseeable [Daily Record].
Phillips has reacted positively to the news in an exclusive interview with Football Insider.
Will Leigh Griffiths fire Celtic to glory this season?
The Latest: Phillips backs ‘indispensable’ Griffiths to shine this season
“Yeah, I think he can.
“He’s got it in him. He’s also had his issues but everyone does.
“He has definitely shown enough to warrant a new contract, he’s got the ability.
“He scored goals and he can score from set plays, as we’ve seen over the years.
“It’s a no brainer as long as he wants to stay. You have someone who is indispensable and can score goals at that level.”
The Verdict: If Griffiths can stay fit, he could fire Celtic to glory
Phillips correctly points out the consistent nature of Griffiths’ goalscoring throughout his seven years at Celtic. Signing for the Hoops in 2014, the Edinburgh-born forward has gone on to become an iconic figure in the club’s modern history, scoring 123 goals in 262 games for the Bhoys [Transfermarkt].
Griffiths chipped in with nine goal contributions in 26 appearances last term, with seven goals and two assists to his name [Transfermarkt].
Needing to keep himself fit after well-documented fitness problems in recent times, he will be hoping for a mini-renaissance as a player under Postecoglou.
Instinctive poachers are very hard to come by in modern football, and Celtic will hope that Griffiths can stay in condition to fire them to glory in 2021/22.
In other news, Celtic face Champions League competition in their pursuit of an 18-goal striker.
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