Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is on the cusp of signing a new contract with the club, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The deal for the Scotland striker to sign is a welcome one according to Rodgers, who still believes the Scotland forward can improve even more.

Speaking about the impending news, he said:

Yeah, I think it’s pretty close. It’s virtually agreed. I had a long chat with Leigh today and he’s very happy here. He knows what he needs to do to improve and develop as a player. I think 25 yards in he is as good as you’ll get in terms of a goalscorer. But the game has moved on.

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It’s not just about goals now for strikers. It’s about how they work, how they press. They’ve got to be able to run forward and run back. He is a player I always want to have here because he has that goalscoring threat.

The gaffer went on to reiterate how close the deal was to being signed.

He is a player you know can get a goal. So, yeah, I think we are nearly there on that and pretty soon I hope it can be announced and be done, which is great news for him and great news for Celtic.

It’s good news for Celtic to tie down the Scot, as Griffiths now plays an even more important role in their forward line after the exit of Moussa Dembele.