Leigh Griffiths is still on the look-out for a new club and is going though his own pre-season training working hard in the gym as his agent work away at trying to sort out a deal either in Scotland, England or abroad.
The former Celtic striker was speaking about his situation yesterday on BBC Sportsound and admitted at the moment he has no idea what the future holds for him.
“Right now I honestly have no idea. There will be split opinion of ‘is my career finished, do I need to drop down leagues or can I still cut it at the highest level?’
“For me, I can still cut it at the highest level, I fully believe that, and it’s about getting that chance to prove myself again. I’ve kept saying over the years, but I need keep proving myself to people who keep doubting me, there seems nowadays there’s more and more. But nobody will be more thrilled to do it than me, but it’s about getting that chance and a manager who fully believes I can still cut it.
“Right now, you have to look at every option, it’s a dog eat dog world out there, everyone is fighting for contracts and trying to get the best club they can, and I am no different.
“A lot of things have happened over the last couple of years, clubs might not want to be associated with me but I am just working as tirelessly as I can and get myself in the best shape, ready to go into whatever pre-season clubs are at. Then it’s just about trying to hit the ground running, put a smile back on my face and be on the back page for all the right reasons.
“100 per cent (about going abroad), hopefully my agent, who is working extremely hard to get me a club, whether that’s here, abroad, or down in England, that’s something I’ve got to consider massively.
“I’m not going to lie, my confidence is lower than a snakes belly at the minute and that’s because I’m seeing people going back to training, playing games, being back amongst changing rooms.
“I’m doing my work myself in the gym and then watching Sky Sports news and seeing everyone back for pre-season. Hopefully I can get my confidence back because that’s when you see the best of me.”
Griffiths recalled with some fondness is time playing for Celtic when Brendan Rodgers was the manager.
“I think everyone loved working with him, first of all his training, at times, players don’t want to look forward to training, but every day he had a new idea, everybody was buzzing to get onto the training pitch, work with him, and you can see the football we played in our first two years was outstanding.
“But even if you weren’t playing and you’d go see him, and ask why you weren’t playing, you could go in there feeling very low, but you’d come out feeling like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, that’s how he made you feel, I’m thinking ‘I’m not even playing and this guy is making me feel unbelievable’, you just wanted to go and win for him.”