Former Celt Leigh Griffiths set for player-coach role in Australia

Former Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is set to take up a new role with Mandurah City. The veteran has been living in Australia since leaving Scottish football in 2022.

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Mandurah City’s manager John Baird has said that Griffiths could remain at the lower league club and take up a dual role.

“We want to recruit new players for our pre-season in January.

“We lost the league on the last day of last season and it was a shocker for us after a good campaign.

“The Scots boys have been great and we’d love to attract more to come over and play here.

“Leigh scored 11 in ten games. He’s staying to play again next season and he could join the staff as a player-coach.

“He has two of his kids over here now, too, and that’s been huge for him. He’s made a real impact.”

The 33-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 and medals.

Ange Postecoglou rewarded him with a one-year deal as he arrived at Celtic, stating each player would have the chance to earn their place. Off-field antics shunted Griffiths’ future back into focus and a loan to Dundee was agreed. Midway through the season, the club decided to exercise an option to end his contract prematurely before Dundee also rejected the chance to sign him permanently.

Griffiths scored 11 goals in 10 matches for Mandurah City and will be looking to continue his career in football as he transitions into his next phase.

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