LEIGH GRIFFITHS has been caught up in a ticket rumpus as he prepares to make his debut for Mandurah City at the weekend.

The Aussie minnows have hiked their prices to over THREE times their usual rate as the 32-year-old former Celtic striker prepares to make his first appearance.

Griffiths, after a loan period at Dundee in the first half of last season and a brief stint at Falkirk, agreed to a short-term deal with the third-tier outfit who will face Western Knight in three days’ time.

THE FAREWELL GOAL…Leigh Griffiths beats Aberdeen keeper Gary Woods for Celtic’s late equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Pittodrie in April last year, his last strike for the Hoops. 

The one-time Scotland international, who claimed 123 goals for the Parkhead club before his contract was scrapped in January, is hoping to put himself in the shop window with A-League club Perth Glory already reported to be monitoring his moves.

Semi-pro side Mandurah have made the match all-ticket and limited the capacity of their Genesis Care Stadium to 1,000 for security reasons. They have also significantly increased their admission fees from six dollars (£3.50) to 20 dollars (£11.70).

The jump in prices has created a storm Down Under and league bosses Football West have been forced to intervene and they said: “Our State League competition rules state that a general entry admission fee of $6 may be charged for a Division One match.

“Football West expects all clubs to comply with competition rules.”

A decision is expected within the next 24 hours.

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