Former Celtic Leigh Griffiths has said that he has been planning his move to Australia for some time. Griffiths is one of Celtic’s top scorers with an impressive tally but left the club at the beginning of the year after his deal was ripped up.
Griffiths has signed on a short-term deal with Western Australian State League Division 1 side Mandurah City for three games, a move that raised a number of eyebrows.
As reported by The Sun, Griffiths revealed that he had been planning the move to Australia as he looks to continue playing football.
“Australia is somewhere where I want to lay down my roots and continue my footballing journey, I’ve always said that.
“For the last two or three years in Scotland I’ve said that it’s maybe time to expand and explore other avenues.
“Australia is becoming a more attractive option as the league is up and coming, with more players coming over to try it out.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
Perth Glory, along with other A-League sides, are said to be watching his progress to see whether he can still perform. Griffiths, 31, had been training with Livi but now he had decided to head for Western Australia.
Celtic had released the former Scotland Internationalist 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. This summer has proved to be tough for Griffiths, he has put feelers out that he is in good shape; however, no one appears to be willing to take the gamble.
Griffiths scored 123 goals for Celtic in 261 appearances but off-field issues plagued the striker’s time in Glasgow. His winners medals cannot be taken away but the striker is still of a good age, meaning he can get his career back on track.