Hibs manager Jack Ross says the Easter Road club may look to speak with Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths – but only if the opportunity presents itself.

The striker is currently contracted at Parkhead but could be available for free this summer if Celtic don’t activate a contract extension clause at the end of this month. It’s resulted in speculation that Hibs could potentially move for him.

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Leigh Griffiths has been linked with a move to Hibs from Celtic in recent days and Ross hasn’t ruled out an approach. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Griffiths spent two years at Hibs between 2011 and 2013, scoring 39 goals during a memorable spell at his boyhood club. He has since gone on to score 123 goals for Celtic since 2014 but this term has netted just six.

While Ross thinks it’s an ‘easy connection’ to make, he hasn’t ruled out moving for the striker if he has the chance: “I think there are a few parts to it. First of all, he is a player that isn’t available yet, as he’s still contracted to Celtic.

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“There’s nothing to say that he won’t be a Celtic player next season as things stand. But beyond that there is an easy connection to make because of his association with Hibs. But he’s a player we have lots of admiration for as his goalscoring record will be up there with the best in Scotland in recent years.

“It might be something – if the opportunity arises – that we might discuss. But at this moment in time it’s not something we have been able to discuss is any detail because he’s not a player as of yet who would be available.”

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