FORMER Celtic striker Gerry Creaney believes Ange Postecolou can revive Leigh Griffiths flagging Hoops career.

The new Parkhead boss will have to sort out the club’s striking problems with Odsonne Edouard looking increasingly likely to team up with ex-gaffer Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City.

And Griffiths is still waiting to see if a 12-month option on his contract will be triggered by the ex-Australia World Cup supremo.

Creaney reckons profits in the transfer market will be invested in the squad after last season’s wretched campaign.

The one-time hitman said: “Only one or two players in the world are irreplaceable.

“Celtic have a fantastic reputation for pulling one out the bag.

“No one had heard much about Odsonne when he first came — and he lit up the Premiership.

TWO OF A KIND…Leigh Griffiths celebrates with Moussa Dembele after the Frenchman’s League Cup semi-final winner in 2016 against the Ibrox side.

“There was Moussa Dembele not long ago. Go way back to Mark Viduka, Pierre van Hooijdonk and Henrik Larsson.

“Historically, that position has been filled by some high-quality players.

“And I don’t think it devalues anything if you haven’t heard a great deal about them. The majority were shrewd signings. That’s down to the scouting system.

“Hopefully, Celtic attract someone of a similar ilk who is going to get goals and be a talisman in the big games.”

Postecoglou could also be without Mohamed Elyounoussi unless parent club and the player can agree a third loan deal.

And £5million Albian Ajeti, last term’s arrival from West Ham, struggled in his debut season and managed a meagre six goals.

SWISS MISS…Albian Ajeti hit a mere six goals throughout his debut Celtic campaign.

Creaney insisted Griffiths still has a role to play in the massive summer revamp.

The 51-year-old former forward, who also had spells at Portsmouth, Manchester City and St Mirren among others, speaking to the Scottish Sun on Sunday. added: “I hope Leigh enjoys a breath of fresh air with the changes.

“His goals and contribution over nearly seven years have been fantastic.

“He’s gone through tough times off the pitch. But I hope he’d find the spirit within to come out the other side and be the player he wants to be. Fresh impetus, fresh manager, fresh ideas may help Leigh achieve what he wants.

“He’s publicly come out, in his own way, to show he’s trying his best to be fit for the new manager.

“If Leigh puts it in and the new manager accepts the effort, then that’s the resolution both should look for.

“I’ve no doubt Leigh has enough ability and character to go and lead Celtic’s line.

“He’s only 30. He can be much brighter and stronger after all the experiences he’s gone through.”

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