Leigh Griffiths has had his fair share of ups and downs during his time at Celtic. At the top of his game, he was an outstanding striker and the best player in all of Scotland when he scored 40 goals in a single season for the Hoops. He was also the club’s top scorer in the previous decade. But then, over the last few years, he’s been far from the top of his game and the last 12 months have been particularly difficult for him.
After arriving last summer, it looked like Ange Postecoglou could count on Griffiths, with Odsonne Edouard out and Albian Ajeti struggling. The striker was even granted an extension. It didn’t work out however and he was sent on loan to Dundee. He also struggled there and eventually Celtic let him go.
Griffiths would then join Falkirk in the Scottish Premier League but would not impress there either, and now finds himself without a club.
It seems like Griffiths has been thinking about his career lately. As reported by 67 Hail Hail, when asked on BBC Sportsound about his regrets, he said:
“What I’ve learned over the past two years is that talent alone is not enough. You have to work extremely hard out of season.
“For me, for the last two years, I just thought I could have the summer and be ready for pre-season. That’s definitely not the case. Now you see players have vacations during a week, then they go back.
“I have to take responsibility for what I have done over the past two years. I don’t think I applied myself in the best possible way.
“You have a contract at Celtic, you think you’re comfortable but that contract is wearing out. Last year I got a contract and then a lot happened over the summer. I was involved in teams so I wasn’t.
“It was one of those where I had to sit down with the manager and tell him I needed to play some games. He wanted me to stay but was totally okay that it would be difficult for me to play every week. That’s when I made the decision to go on loan.
Can Griffiths change his career after leaving Celtic?
Griffiths has been struggling with form and fitness for some time now and it’s hard to see him getting back to his best.
At the same time, he’s still 31 and also showed in the second half of the 2019/20 campaign that he still has a lot of quality left and can turn back the clock.
Griffiths can be a very good player for a number of teams in Scotland if he can uncover even a part of his form. It remains to be seen if he can do that and where he will end up next.