FORFAR boss Gary Irvine has revealed he considered making an offer to Leigh Griffiths.

The former Celtic and Scotland striker, who hit 123 goals for the Hoops, was in the thoughts of the fourth-tier outfit as he continues his search for a new club.

Thirty-one-year-old Griffiths was released by the Parkhead side in January with six months still to run on his contract.

He spent the first half of the season on loan at Dundee, but the deal was cut short after only three goals in 17 appearances for the Tayside team who were eventually relegated from the top flight.

After his deal in Glasgow was terminated, the one-time prolific hitman joined Falkirk on a short-term stay in their effort to reach the Championship play-offs.

However, Griffiths managed only two goals in their ill-fated attempt and he was on his way again at the end of the term.

DOWN AND OUT…former Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is the picture of anguish. 

The man who cost Neil Lennon £1.2million when he joined from Hibs in January 2014, believes he “can still cut it at the highest level,” as CQN reported earlier this month.

He was spotted with Loons gaffer Irvine in the stand at Dens Park last weekend which sparked speculation of a potential move to the Angus club.

However, the Forfar boss insists he and No.2 Gary Harkins were only in attendance to scout their Premier Sports League Cup opponents.

Irvine, speaking to The Courier, admitted: “We gave it a thought, but that was a good few weeks down the line. Since then, I’ve moved on and got my attacking options in now.

“That won’t be happening.

“Sparky is a good friend. He is a top player, just a couple of years ago he was still one of the main strikers in Scotland.

“If Leigh gets himself back to fitness he is probably above our level, if I’m honest.”

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