Former Celtic player Davie Provan believes a new manager could have the capacity to resurrect Leigh Griffiths’ Celtic career.

The striker position at Celtic is clouded present as doubts circle over existing options in Albian Ajeti, Odsonne Edouard and Patryk Klimala.

Although Griffiths is a natural striker, he is adept out on the right and as a second striker – though he equally finds himself out of contract in the summer.

The club does retain the option to extend his deal by a further year, but it is unclear if the club will take up that option.

Provan told Go Radio:

“If I’m the new manager coming into Celtic, whoever he is, I’d be very tempted to go straight to leigh Griffiths and say ‘right, can you get yourself in shape for next season?’

“He’s only 30, he is still arguably the best finisher in the country.

“You wonder if he has learned the lesson on this season and see what’s happened and see how it has panned out because he was in good shape.

“If you could get Leigh Griffiths back into shape, you wouldn’t want him to leaving the club at 30 years of age.

“Particularly when Ajeti hasn’t been up to it, Klimala’s gone, Edouard will go – if you let Griffiths go then you are looking for at least three strikers to bring in over the summer and that will be difficult to find the right ones.”

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With Ajeti struggling for regular game-time, Klimala finalising a move to the MLS and Edouard linked with a host of Premier League clubs, Celtic will not want to be caught out.

The threat of having to recruit a number of strikers in the summer represents a gargantuan challenge, and turning to Griffiths to retain the Bhoys’ striking threat could be a cost-efficient solution.