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GRIFFITHS SET FOR LONG-TERM DEAL

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LEIGH GRIFFITHS is poised to agree a lengthy extension at Celtic after talks opened over a new deal.

The 27-year-old Scotland international striker has spent the past four seasons at Parkhead and is now only three goals short of the magical 100 for the club.

Griffiths has a contract until 2021 having signed a lucrative agreement just over two years ago.

He revealed initial negotiations are underway towards keeping him at the Hoops for a lot longer.

He said: “My representatives are working behind the scenes to try and give me a new deal. I have another two and a half years here, but why would you want to go anywhere else?

“You are playing at a top club with a top manager in front of 50,000 or 60,000 every week. There’s no reason to go anywhere. You have Champions League football every season.

“It’s hard to get there now, but when you do get there, those are memorable nights. The talks are in early stages just now, but, hopefully, we can get it done sooner rather than later.”

Griffiths also explained waving the Irish flag at the end of the team’s 3-2 win at Ibrox last month when he was in the stand alongside Mikael Lustig and Marvin Compper.

He added: “Some guy handed it to me. It was just one of those things. I just wanted to show everybody how happy I was that the team got the three points.

“You want to go to your fiercest rivals and show what a good team you are. Being injured you aren’t involved on the pitch, but you want to make sure you enjoy it off it, as well.”

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