Griffiths signing a new deal at Celtic is exactly what the club needs after a mixed summer

Griffiths signing a new deal at Celtic is exactly what the club needs after a mixed summer

Celtic put what can only be seen as a strange transfer window behind them after beating rivals Rangers 1-0 in the Old Firm derby at Celtic Park last weekend. 

Going into the game, the departure of Moussa Dembele to Lyon dominated the headlines, but Celtic got on fine without their former talisman thanks to Olivier Ntcham who netted the game’s only goal in the 62nd minute.

Going forward, though, manager Brendan Rodgers will have to find a way to replace the output of Dembele, and one player who will be hoping to do his fair share in front of goal is Leigh Griffiths.

£2.03m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Griffiths has been a fantastic servant for Celtic since arriving at Celtic Park from Wolves back in 2014, scoring plenty of goals for the SPL champions, and the 28-year-old is hoping to sign a new long-term deal at the club as he looks to reach 200 Celtic goals.

“It is ongoing. These things are never easy,” Griffiths told the Belfast Telegraph when asked about contract negotiations with Celtic.

“It is almost completed now and hopefully in the next couple of weeks it will be done and dusted. Hopefully it is a nice long contract.”

A new long-term deal for their Scottish striker is exactly what Celtic need following the loss of Dembele.

Alongside Odsonne Edouard and Scott Sinclair, Griffiths can provide Celtic with enough firepower upfront to win the SPL title — which would be the club’s eighth Scottish league title in a row — by a distance.

Griffiths putting pen to paper on a new contract does not erase all of the underwhelming elements from Celtic’s summer transfer window, but it should still come as positive news to supporters.

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