Forfar decide against Leigh Griffiths move as ex-Celtic striker struggles

Former Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is struggling to find a new club following his release from Falkirk back in May. The former Scotland Internationalist had been released by Celtic in January before sealing a deal until the end of the season with The Bairns. Unfortunately, he could not find the form to be rewarded with a contract.

Now, Forfar Athletic have considered but decided against a move for the forward. As reported by The Sun, Gary Irvine decided against a move for Griffiths – despite his friendship with the ex-Wolves, Hibs and Dundee striker.

“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 of myself and Jeebs.

“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.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Leigh Griffiths of Celtic celebrates following his sides victory in the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The 31-year-old scored 123 goals for Celtic in 261 appearances but off-field issues plagued the striker’s time in Glasgow. Although, he will depart with a place in Celtic’s all-time scoring charts as well as an excellent haul of winners medals. Ange Postecoglou rewarded him, perhaps unwisely, with a one-year deal but the club decided to exercise an option to end his contract prematurely.

You have to wonder where Griffiths will end up after a whirlwind year. He was lucky to get the extension at Celtic and off-field antics meant that the club were very quickly proved wrong. There was no turning back when a section of supporters booed Griffiths’ every touch in the pre-season loss to West Ham.

Griffiths has been linked with a move to Hartlepool to link up with ex-Celtic midfielder Paul Hartley as he continues his pre-season preparations alone.

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