The Celtic status of Scotland international Leigh Griffiths is in limbo after his brother reportedly deleted a Tweet confirming that Griffiths is a free agent.
As reported by The Celtic Star, the out-of-contract forward has an optional one-year contract extension that can be activated by the club.
Extending Griffiths’ stay for a further year would come at a cost of £1 million to the club, though there is no official announcement on whether Griffiths will be staying or leaving.
The now-deleted Tweet seemingly confirmed Griffiths’ departure from a source close to the player, with Twitter user @Conor67_ highlighting a screenshot of the swiftly deleted message on a news bulletin from @aboutceltic.
Although listed as under contract until 2022, the Daily Mail (via the Daily Record) claimed in April that his contract indeed expired in May, and a decision on an extension is dependent upon Celtic’s new manager.
Greek-Australian tactician Ange Postecoglou is the overwhelming favourite for the Parkhead post, and he will likely have the final say on a Griffiths decision if he takes up the Celtic job.
The forward has struggled with fitness issues all season and missed out on a place in the Scotland squad for the country’s first major international tournament since 1998.
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With star striker Odsonne Edouard nearing a Leicester City switch, Griffiths may also be joining a queue of players being shown the exit door this summer.
However, it may be the optimum moment to call time on a Celtic career that has spanned eight seasons, 262 appearances and 123 club goals.
The Scotsman recently reported that Hibernian are one such team keeping tabs on Griffiths, with the attacker unlikely to be short of suitors.