Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has been linked with a shock loan move to Sky Bet League One side Sunderland, according to The Scottish Sun.
The Lowdown: Departures expected as Celtic squad takes shape
With competitive football once again on the horizon at Celtic Park, new manager Ange Postecoglou will be desperate to cultivate a squad capable of reclaiming the Premiership title once more.
However, the Hoops are not immune to the prospect of high-profile departures this summer. Kristoffer Ajer looks set to complete a move to Premier League side Brentford, whilst Odsonne Edouard has been linked with a move to West Ham United.
On the topic of potential outgoings, could the Celts now be set to sanction the exit of Scotland international Griffiths in the near future?
Should Celtic move Griffiths on this summer?
The Latest: Griffiths eyed by Sunderland for loan switch
Sunderland are said to be readying a loan swoop for the 30-year-old ace. Out in the cold at Celtic, Griffiths was sent home from their pre-season training camp over reported off-field misdemeanours, whilst he hasn’t completed a single minute of pre-season football thus far [The Scottish Sun].
Griffiths is believed to be told where he stands in Postecoglou’s plans shortly for the forthcoming term [The Scottish Sun].
Having looked set to leave the Bhoys at the end of last season, the Edinburgh-born marksman was handed a lifeline at Parkhead after signing a one-year contract extension at the beginning of this month [Sky Sports].
The Verdict: Right move for Griffiths and Celtic
All things considered, it may be the correct time for Griffiths to move on following seven years at the club.
This infrequent reliability translated on to the pitch in 2020/21, where Griffiths notched seven goals in 26 fixtures, although he did not complete a single 90-minute appearance throughout the campaign [Transfermarkt].
Once labelled as ‘a very exciting player’ by former Celtic manager Ronny Deila [Herald Scotland], a move to Sunderland for Griffiths may be the best solution for all parties in this situation given his unenviable fortunes of late .
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