As uncertainty swirls over the future of Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths, the 30-year-old appears to have been handed a lifeline.
New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, as per Sky Sports, has reportedly held a positive phone call with the out-of-contract attacking option.
“I spoke to the manager Tuesday morning and things seemed positive.
“We’ll have another chat at the beginning of next week when he’s out of isolation and then we’ll take it from there.
“It was a massive thing for him just to give me a phone. He didn’t have to but he took time out of his day to give me a phone and gave me his ideas and his plans moving forward.
“It was a positive chat. When he’s back out of isolation we’ll have a chat face-to-face and see where we’re at.
“There is still a lot to come for me, I am only 30 years old, I’ve still got a lot of years left.”
Griffiths has lamented his ‘bit-part’ role with Celtic this season following struggles with fitness, admitting his disappointment that he did not make Steve Clarke’s side.
With his integral spot for both club and country faded this season, uncertainty has spilled out to his status as a Celtic player.
As noted on Twitter by @CraigCelt, Griffiths is set to return to Lennoxtown next week.
Celtic retain an option to extend Griffiths’ current deal by a further 12 months though there has yet to be a formal decision as to whether Celtic have activated this option.
However, Griffiths has indicated that he is working hard to right the wrongs of the past, regaining his fitness with a vigorous pre-season training regimen.
“I’m working every day. It was well documented I didn’t come into pre-season after the last lockdown in the best of shape, and it’s been touted again this season. I’m working very hard and we’ll see what happens in a few weeks,” he said.
“People say I’m not fit enough to play games but I don’t think I missed a training session for the last six months. I was always on the bench, I never missed a game and if Celtic ever called upon me I was fit and available to go.
“People that keep saying I wasn’t fit enough to play games is crazy to me, but it is what it is. People are always going to have their own opinion.”
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In the short term, renewing Griffiths’ deal could be a useful stop-gap to buffer against a shortage of forward options.
Celtic would need to have to work fast to recruit a number of replacement options, and a combined willingness to give Griffiths a shot at redemption and the practicalities of maintaining the squad could open the door to an extension.