Not time for Griffiths to move


The general reaction to reports that a £1m bid has been received for Leigh Griffiths is that the figure undervalues the player.  Early in the season the story was different.  Leigh, who joined in January last year, was behind new arrivals John Guidetti and Stefan Scepovic.  His perceived value was close to zero, alongside most players sitting on the bench or in the stand.

We were panicked on 31 August last year.  Having signed Amido Balde and Teemu Pucki a year earlier we were desperately short of a striker, the arrival of Scepovic, then Guidetti was cause for celebration.  Neither brought much to the club, we would have been better, with more money available for the next window, if we’d prioritised Leigh and given chances to a youth player.

If Celtic choose to sell Leigh this summer, it will not be for £1m.  He’s worth much more than that, probably more than Leeds United can afford.  He’s under contract, first choice and scoring goals.  But Celtic will also put a great deal of effort into recruiting a striker in the coming weeks.

There are no guarantees Leigh will get an extended run in the team next season.  Celtic should sell players at peak value, when they have reached the point they are no longer developing, before they become an overhang on resources.  Leigh is probably at peak value, and unlikely to further develop, but he’s no overhang.  That scenario won’t happen until a couple of new pretenders have proven they are better fits than Balde, Pukki, Scepovic and Guidetti.

Keep an eye on Frank McGarvey’s 1985 Scottish Cup Final shirt, which is being auctioned to benefit Maryhill Food Bank.  It closes just before 8pm tonight.

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  1. They start young…………….. just seen a 2 year old take a dive in the tunnel as Bristol Rovers and Grimsby were lining-up to come out.

  2. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    jmcormick I have to agree with you fella Griffiths is fine in the SPL but for Europe we require better but there is no point in selling the player unless we have already secured someone better. H.H.

  3. jmccormick



    14:04 on 17 May, 2015


    Better the devil you know with regards to …….:



    ……..podium chasing bassas.



    Couldn’t agree more.



    As my old granny used to say, ‘sipsini in their first ensures the huns will fall to dust…’



    Let’s hope it’s an omen and not The Omen!






    HH jamesgang

  4. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    Since Paul’s last article ..



    Robots have become autonomous ..



    And The Mullet has guided Scotland to the knock out stages of the World Cup ..





    Mon the wee Leigh :)

  5. From Twitter. Explains a lot



    @UKGE2020: Yougov



    How do you consider yourself politically?



    Scotland (England&Wales)



    Left 50% (27%)


    Centre 15% (19%)


    Right 18% (31%)



    Though I don’t want this to shift attention away from sipsini’s moment x 3 in the sun!!



    HH jamesgang



    DK 17% (23%)

  6. Time some of the Ballons that come on here,and being disrepectul to Danny Wilson, grow up we aint buying big money players,all these know alls that come on here saying he is a dud ,thats a dud,not one of them mention who they would like Celtic to sign,so here is your chance name who you would like to see playing in the Hoops,watch this space,

  7. Hi Paul67,



    Agreed, Leigh Griffths is a banker, we need someone who can contribute goals in the Scottish Premier – LG has proven he can do that.



    Hoping the new stricker can score at a reasonable European level, we need that, but Leigh is more than good enough back-up, we need that too.



    Hail Hail

  8. South Of Tunis on

    Sassuolo 3 – AC Milan.2.



    Refereed by the man whose ratings make him a clear winner of this season’s Worst in Serie A prize.



    Todays achievements – a goal that wasn’t / a stonewall penalty denied/ a harsh sending off and a good goal wrongly ruled offside.



    All 3 of Sassuolo’s goals were scored by Domenico Berardi. He scored 4 in a game v AC Milan last season. One of those signed for Rube and immediately loaned out players..



    Lovely afternoon – way down south.

  9. Jamesgang…



    That’s me set up for today, chuck it at 3.00, cargo time and hopefully watch the huns getting humped. HH

  10. Time some of the Ballons that come on here,and being disrepectul to Danny Wilson, grow up we aint buying big money players,all these know alls that come on here saying he is a dud ,thats a dud,not one of them mention who they would like Celtic to sign,so here is your chance name who you would like to see playing in the Hoops,watch this space,



    That Lee McCulloch got a few good years in him.

  11. bhoybeat



    Just catching up on the blog, ref Camp De Mar, it is a lovely quiet Cove area with a sandy beach and three or four restaurants, one of which is a fish restaurant that you can walk out to and look back on the area for a nice leisurely lunch, the night life is quiet with a few bars, it also has a full size golf course which is a bit upmarket, there is also a local bus Service that runs Spanish Time from Palma taking in the area to Include Palma nova Santa Ponsa, Paguera and Andrax, or there is a taxi rank outside the hotels which there is three of The lido, Playa an other which l can’t remember, hope this helps

  12. Sips






    Waiting for your CQN A Team line up after last night’s dads army routine. I’ll give you a wee pointer. Pfayr disnae like flying……just saying like!



    HH jamesgang

  13. Sipsini




    Great start to the afternoon!!



    Don’t spoil it by watching Rangers they’re. to strong for Qots, better standard of football in the Forfar v Alloa ;))



    Have you been in touch with Acgr??

  14. I know it’s the market we operate in, I know it’s the way the game is. But I hate to read about players in this way.



    They are not commodities, assets or resources. They are people.

  15. The Green Man on




    Like I said earlier….its not the fecking Reichstag on CQN, we can all have opinions….and im giving mine.


    You seem worried because I disrespect DW….Ha….give me a break….if he was that good, would he be a free transfer ffs.


    Never mind defending the ex Hearts and Rangers player….I say he isn’t good enough to play for Celtic…

  16. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Dallas has shoehorned his boy into a job worth 40k a year plus,corrupt doesn’t even cover it.

  17. roberttressell



    Agree, a good young footballer being trashed as a Celtic player before he has even stepped up the Celtic way…..madness.

  18. Paul.



    You say that we were panicked on 31st of August last year.


    Wonder why that was?


    Could it have anything to do with an ingrained culture at Celtic Park that we must never go into a transfer window with our targets clearly identified and if that is the price of getting them, then that is the price?

  19. Gerryfaethebrig on

    By the way see this Leigh is ok for sol but not CL or EL, wee Leigh was Scotland’s best player away in Croatia playing up on his own, I just want Leigh to be good enough to get us through the qualifiers which I have no doubt he is

  20. !!Bada Bing!! on

    £1 mil? More guff from the Laptop Loyal,Leo McLeod was a £5 mil player according to them too…

  21. Captain Beefheart on

    When did Scotland turn into a leftwing country? Rubbish. Everyday, I read leftwing dross on here.



    Oddly, when I work in low paid jobs – mostly with immigrants but also with some British – nobody feels that leftwing ideas are a solution to our problems.

  22. Sipsini –



    Sorry about Friday. Had a meeting scheduled for 2pm in Glasgow city centre but got a message at 9am that it was cancelled.



    Immediately the missus said, “Oh that’s cool. You can pick me up from work now.”



    What could I say except, “Of course my dear. I was just going to suggest that.”



    We’ll catch up for a beer soon.



    Hail Hail.

  23. Bhoymalor!



    Much obliged to you for the information.



    Sounds like just the place for the quiet holiday we were looking for, with the option of going into the City if it gets too quiet!



    Hail Hail.

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