Dundee’s on-loan Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths had ‘other options’ in the final week of the summer transfer window – but it was clear that Dens Park was the place for him.

Dee manager James McPake has known Griffiths – who played for Dundee between 2009-2011 – throughout his career in football, having played together at Livingston and Hibs. Griffiths had options abroad and in England before joining Dundee on a season-long loan deal from Celtic, while fellow Scottish Premiership club Hibs were interested.

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Griffiths had three alternatives but chose to leave Celtic for Dundee. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

The 31-year-old said of interest elsewhere: “It was brewing for a few days before the end of the window. There were also a couple of things down in England that I could have went to. But once the gaffer phoned me to come here, it was a chance for me to come and play in familiar surroundings.

“I had other offers but the manager made me feel wanted. He made me feel like I was going to be part of something here. I need to work my way into the team and hopefully once I am there, I stay there.”

 

Griffiths has 22 caps for Scotland but insists he can’t ponder a return to Steve Clarke’s national side: “I can’t be thinking about the international squad just now, although I wish them the best of luck with their upcoming games. It’s about me getting minutes under my belt and making sure I am fit and firing again.”

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