Leigh Griffiths is currently a free agent as his Celtic contract officially expires, with Hibs one club looking at a potential transfer move (DM).
Hibs head coach Jack Ross confirmed last season that he was aware of Griffiths’ Celtic situation and could move for him. That would only be, however, if the circumstances allowed it, Griffiths contracted to Celtic at that time.
The former Hibs striker – who is a boyhood Easter Road fan and scored 39 times for the club between 2011-13 – said last month that talks were underway for a new Celtic deal. But news on his extension has gone quiet and is now out-of-contract from today.
It opens the door to moves elsewhere, although Griffiths could still pen a new Celtic deal. He has been with the club since 2014 and scored 124 goals in 263 games, although he has scored 16 league goals over the last three seasons. Aberdeen were also credited with an interest but manager Stephen Glass ruled that out.
Ross said of Griffiths in April: “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. 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.”
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