Leigh Griffiths’ brother in ‘Free Agent’ claim, before deleting post

Apparently Leigh Griffiths’ brother posted then deleted a message earlier today saying that Griffiths was a ‘free agent’.

The striker was awaiting a decision at the end of the season on whether Celtic would take up the year option on his contract, which would come at a cost of around £1m to the club, but no decision has been reported, leaving matters in limbo.

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Perhaps Celtic were waiting on Eddie Howe’s expected arrival and when that collapsed then there was a further delay as Ange Postecoglou emerged as the front-runner to replace Neil Lennon 103 days ago (information courtesy of the Green Brigade).

Photo: Andrew Milligan

Griffiths returned to pre-season training last season out of condition and struggled throughout a hugely disappointing campaign to get his match fitness back. He did at one point give an interview where he stated his desire to finish his career at Celtic and to earn a testimonial.

That now appears to be unlikely with both his boyhood favourites Hibs and his former club Dundee, newly promoted to the Premiership after their Play-off win relegated Kilmarnock, the likeliest destination for the striker who had he maintained his fitness levels could have been playing for Scotland at the European Championships which start this week.

If Griffiths is a free agent then with Patryk Klimala already sold and Odsonne Edouard set to join Leicester City, Celtic will have the less than mouth-watering prospect of having Albian Ajeti as the one and only striker at the club. Ange Postecoglou is going to be busy when he arrives in Scotland…

Photo: Owen Humphreys

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