Pundit and former Aston Villa and England player Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped Leigh Griffiths to reject advances from Aberdeen in order to remain at Celtic.
Speaking to Football Insider, the pundit cited the arrival of a new manager as a major factor that could see Griffiths choosing to fight for his place at Celtic, as opposed to agitating for a new challenge elsewhere.
The Sunday Post report that Aberdeen are keen on signing Griffiths and reuniting him at Pittodrie with Scott Brown, who recently penned a player-coach deal with the club.
In Agbonlahor’s view, the ‘fresh start’ that would come under the tutelage of a new tactician is a promising incentive for Griffiths.
Speaking to Football Insider, Agbonlahor said:
“To leave a club like Celtic to go to a club like Aberdeen I think would be hard for Leigh Griffiths.
“He looks like a player who loves Celtic. I’m sure a new manager coming in will mean it’s a fresh start for everyone, he’ll want to work for a starting place.
“I think he’ll wait. He’s got another year on his contract. I don’t see him leaving, to be honest.”
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The 30-year-old has been limited to just 18 appearences in the Premiership this season of which only 21% were in the starting line-up.
Despite mostly featuring off the bench, Griffiths is showing no signs of rolling over from first-team plans with 5 goals and 2 assists in the league.
His form is indicative of a man intent on branding Celtic with his quality and he is rendered as a useful squad option as a result.
A new regime could mean a new lease of life for Griffiths, and not just the club. It is hard not to see him in green and white next season.