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. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    They are the people ..



    Seemingly ..



    Mon QOS .. Get stuck into these useless bassa’s :)

  2. Greeninbingley on

    Have just come in from work. Oh, my Gawd… thought it couldn’t get any funnier than Leeds United sticking a bid in for Griff…



    Who’s buying him? They haven’t got a manager. They have a stand-in, who has just been branded “weak” and “a baby” by the owner, Massimo Cellino who has already sacked two, or is it three, this season, and who has himself just returned from a ban for er, tax irregularities.



    The club is an impecunious basket case, and is run by the footballing equivalent of a bath-bomb.



    THEN I heard the half-time result from Poundland. Huns trudge off to a cheering, encouraging fusillade of boos.




  3. Bristol Rovers going with the LvG World Cup tactics – subbed their GK with a minute to go in extra time – 5’11” off for 6’5″ ex-Grimsby GK.

  4. Burnley78 16.11



    Then I wonder if Man a City will want him instead of Denayer (:-)




  5. saltires en sevilla on

    chance for Riley …



    There will be more opportunities, as the game stretches out

  6. When’s an offside not a an offside !!


    Welcome to an organisation corrupt to the core !!



    SFA rats the lot of them !!

  7. saltires en sevilla on

    4th official based on the halfway line helps ref make decision?



    How’s that work?



    Within the rules…