Leigh Griffiths’ emotional return to Hibs is likely off as Celtic look set to secure the Scotland international on a new deal.

The forward is out-of-contract at Celtic at the end of this month and Hibs are interested in his services, head coach Jack Ross confirming he’d be keen on Griffiths, if the circumstance allowed it. But Griffiths – who is a boyhood Hibs fan and spent time with the club earlier his career – is set to sign a new contract at Parkhead.

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The Celtic striker will likely not return to Hibs. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He said (BBC): “I’m fit. If you’re fit enough for the bench, you are fit enough to start. I was the one Celtic brought on to get a goal. The message coming out the club was that I wasn’t fit, but you’d have to ask the coaches at Celtic or Neil Lennon (former Celtic manager) why they thought I wasn’t fit.

 

“I am not badly treated by the club. At times they didn’t give me enough chances last season. I am out-of-contract but the new manager (Ange Postecoglou) is keen to keep me on. We are looking for a deal to be done and I hope it gets done in the next few days. It feels like a fresh start. He’s keen to work with me.”

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