LEIGH GRIFFITHS faces a traumatic 24 hours that will hold the key to his future.

The 31-year-old striker left Celtic in the summer on a season-long loan deal to Dundee.

Griffiths’ Hoops contract is due to expire on May 31 this year – the same day his stay at Dens Park was originally scheduled to end.

The frontman, who has scored over 100 goals for the Parkhead side since Neil Lennon paid £1.1million to Wolves in January 2014, was well aware he was drinking at football’s last chance saloon when he made the move to Tayside.

FLEETING APPEARANCE…substitute Leigh Griffiths during the pre-season friendly against West Ham at Parkhead in July last year.

Unfortunately, Griffiths has netted just twice in 14 appearances this season and the club’s hierarchy are edging closer to activating a break clause in the agreement, as CQN reported earlier this week.

That would see the player returning to Parkhead and could become a dilemma for Ange Postecoglou as he continues with his second revamp of the Parkhead squad following the addition of 12 recruits in the summer and three so far in this window.

Speaking of the Griffiths situation, Dens gaffer James McPake told the Scottish Sun: “We are in discussions at the minute regarding that as a club internally and externally with Celtic, as well.

“A decision will be made tomorrow.”

Griffiths and Celtic will learn today the outcome of that critical meeting.

It could mean the hitman, a massive fans’ favourite for many of his seven years in Glasgow, being cast adrift.

MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS…Leigh Griffiths hits the deck after firing in Celtic’s third goal in the delayed Scottish Cup Final against Hearts at Hampden in December 2020.

It may well be that Griffiths’ last two meaningful goals for the club came in the delayed Scottish Cup Final against Hearts at Hampden on December 20 2020 when he came on as a substitute to thump in the third strike to make it 3-2 for Lennon’s side in extra-time.

The Edinburgh club came back to make it 3-3 and force the encounter into a penalty-kick shoot-out. Griffiths fired his effort past former team-mate Craig Gordon, rookie keeper Conor Hazard made two super saves and Kristoffer Ajer belted in the winner.

The dramatic triumph sealed the phenomenal quadruple treble for Celtic.

Now, just over a year later, Griffiths is heading for soccer limbo.

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