LEIGH GRIFFITHS, unwanted at Celtic by Ange Postecoglou, could be thrown a career lifeline after Dundee failed to bring in a new striker for the second half of the season.

The relegation-threatened Dens Park outfit are considering triggering a release clause in the 31-year-old striker’s loan contract that will see him return to Parkhead.

However, Hoops boss Postecoglou has already stated the player would “Probably be looking at opportunities elsewhere” as the frontman, who has scored 123 goals for the club, has no part to play in his plans for the team.

Griffiths has claimed a mere two strikes in his 14 appearances for the Dark Blues and the club hierarchy have failed to be impressed with his input with the team hovering just two points above rock-bottom St Johnstone at the moment.

ON THE MOVE…Leigh Griffiths races onto a pass in his fleeting appearance against West Ham in July.

Tayside gaffer James McPake, who has seen his side score only 18 goals in 20 league outings, is searching for fresh firepower, but has been out of luck in his quest for ex-Aberdeen attack-leader Sam Cosgrove.

The one-time towering Dons hitman, now at Birmingham City, was on the manager’s wanted list, but there are appears no chance of the Englishman returning to the Premiership.

McPake admitted: “We spoke to Birmingham and Gordon Strachan spoke to Craig Gardner, their technical director.

“We asked the question of Sam, but, at the minute, he has no plans to come back to Scotland.”

That could open the door for Griffiths to remain until the completion of his temporary transfer on May 31.

Regarding the former Scotland international forward, McPake, speaking to the Courier, added: “Leigh trained today and he has trained all week. He scored in a game against Forfar on Tuesday night and set up two goals, as well.

“We are still in dialogue with Celtic regarding a couple of things, it is ongoing and we are awaiting clarity.”


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