Celtic announced that Leigh Griffiths had signed a twelve month contract extension yesterday but the 30-year-old striker has agreed to reduced wages in order to remain at Paradise. The ex-Hibs player looked all-but set to leave the club after the first team and Ange Postecoglou returned to training without him but as his contract expired, new terms were announced.
Now, The Scottish Sun are reporting that the player has taken a hit on his wages as a result of wanting to remain in Paradise. The report also claims that it was boss Ange Postecoglou that sanctioned the deal for the player that has struggled for fitness and game time in the last two years. The turn of the year in 2020 proved that Griffiths can still offer the club a talented striker but only if he focuses on his game and nothing else.
It is shrewd business by the club, especially given that Griffiths seems fired up and ready to make an impact. The player can ill-afford to have another sideshow where he moans about not playing. The manager has proven that he is willing to give players that suffered under the previous regime another chance. If he can get Griffiths back to his best, it will be a masterstroke and if not, at least they have negotiated down the players wages.