Sign Him Up: Leigh Griffiths
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on July 21, 2016
Leigh Griffiths has enjoyed a somewhat prolific career, netting 177 times in 339 games. The 25-year-old Scottish international has been part of a quite domestically dominant Celtic side since 2014; helping them to win 3 Scottish Premiership titles and a Scottish League Cup.
Leigh Griffiths started out at Livingston, making his debut at just 16-years-old and after 3 years, 52 appearances and 26 goals, a move to West Brom looked on the cards, however Tony Mowbray’s quick departure meant the offer was no longer on the table. Instead, Dundee managed to secure the teenage striker for just £125,000; quite a bargain when you consider he racked up 33 goals and 19 assists in 62 games.
Nevertheless, good goal records very rarely go unnoticed and it wasn’t long until Wolverhampton Wanderers caught a sniff of the young prodigy. In January 2011 Griffiths made his move to England. He didn’t feature in a single game for the rest of the 2010/11 season and in the summer of 2011 he completed a loan move back to Scotland, this time to his beloved Hibernian. During his first season at Hibs, Griffiths scored an underwhelming 11 goals in 37 games. Nonetheless, in his second season on loan at Hibernian, Griffiths managed to find the back of the net 27 times in 42 games, a tally he would be a little more proud of to say the least.
In January 2014 Wolves accepted a £1 million bid and allowed Griffiths to join Scottish juggernauts Celtic. Between January and the end of the season, Leigh Griffiths contributed 7 goals towards Celtic winning the Premiership. Then, in his second season with Celtic, he provided a colossal amount of goals to help Celtic’s impressive double winning season; 20 goals in 41 games made sure both trophies made their way to Celtic Stadium, Parkhead.
His latest season in Glasgow has produced 40 goals in 51 games, helping Celtic to once again lift the Scottish Premiership and reach 2 semi-finals. A goal every 88 minutes made sure he claimed the ‘Golden Boot’. As well as accumulating a mammoth amount of goals, Griffiths also received ‘PFA Scotland Player’s Player of the Year’, ‘SFWA Footballer of the Year’ and 3 player of the month awards.
His current Celtic record stands at 67 goals and 20 assists in 107 games, a pretty impressive stat for any striker. However, it would seem unlikely that Celtic’s prolific goal-scorer would leave too cheaply. The Hoops will obviously be in no hurry to sell their star man and Griffiths himself has already been quite clear on his current situation; “I don’t see why I really need to leave this club. This is a bigger club than three quarters of the English Premier League.”