Leigh Griffiths, 21, has scored 8 league goals this season

Love him, hate him, have no opinion on him – ladies and gentlemen , I give you Leigh Griffiths. The 21-year-old definitely divides the masses within the Scottish game.

After playing for Hibs and Falkirk in pro youth, Griffiths made his break in the Livingston team at the very tender age of 15 and 3 years of playing in the team, racking up 47 appearances, he scored 22 goals. In 2009 he moved to Dundee for £125,000 after rejecting Hearts and scored 34 in 62 including a wonder free kick against Rangers in the Scottish Cup which booked him as a fan favourite.

one Beckham would have been proud of

The youngsters’ form was enough for Mick McCarthy to buy the player on January 27th 2011 after a successful 2 week period for an undisclosed fee. He was an unused substitute against Spurs in March 2011, but has yet to feature in a league fixture for the club, or be part of any match day squads since. His only Wolves appearance was on 23 August 2011, when he came on as a substitute in a League Cup tie at Northampton Town.
After not getting game time due to the form of fellow Scot Steven Fletcher, it was decided that Griffiths was to be loaned out.
Hibernian were the club who decided to dice on Leigh and gamble it was. Since arriving at the club he has been suspended twice for gesturing at clubs . He was also at the centre of controversy when he allegedly assaulted manager Pat Fenlon and his assistant – this story was quickly denied by the club. Whether the story was true or not, he has made up for it and has , at times, carried the Hibees. Since arriving at relegation battling Hibs, he has scored 11 goals , 8 of those in the SPL. His 3rd Scottish Cup this season came on Saturday as he scored the winner against Aberdeen with a tidy finish reminiscent of Derek Riordan.
In fact it is Riordan who Griffiths is likened too and the similarities are there. I said it even during his stay at Celtic that he was the best natural finisher in the SPL. The quick , fiery pace and agility of them is a real danger to any defence. At Hibs Gary O’Connor is often played up top in the conventional ‘big man’ role leaving Griffiths to be farmed out wide where his talents are unappreciated.
It is often an over-played clichéd argument but if Griffiths were in a better team , he would get more chances per game and more chances would lead to more goals.
So the big question now is…where?
Wolves
Recently taken over by Terry Connor , Wolves find themself in a relegation dog fight and should they be relegated it would come as no surprise if Steven Fletcher moved to another club within the English Premier League as he has been free scoring this season. Should this be the case Griffiths could be in for a game , but be it Connor in charge or someone else, it won’t be McCarthy the man who signed Griffiths and had the faith in him. My only concern would be that whoever is in charge with Wolves in whatever division they be in, is that they won’t have that faith in Griffiths and he will find himself out on loan yet again.
Hibs
It would obviously require cash that the board would be unlikely to

18 league goals between them this season

have but should they put the offer on the table I could see Wolves listening to it because as I said above, it is unlikely that he will be given that chance. One thing is for sure and that is that the fans would take him. He seems to equate the ‘big man – wee man’ partnership between himself and O’Connor .He isn’t loved by all at Easter Road but he scores goals and for the team 11th in a 12 team league, they can’t be doing much complaining!
Celtic 
I know what your thinking – no, I’m not drunk. There are two reasons you could say this is a daft idea. Firstly, Griffiths is a hot head and you could say that Lennon may not be the best manager to handle him but if you look at it he seems to have handled the drama queens in the Celtic squad ie. Stokes, Kayal, Brown. The other reason would be that he is not the striker Celtic need. Celtic fans will tell you they need a real target man up top but Griffiths will be on the market and has impressed this season. Lennon would see Griffiths as a cheaper alternative to Russell or Mackay-Steven.
Birmingham
Chris Hughton’s right hand man is Colin Calderwoodwho struggled at Hibs but trusted the youngster and he got 2 goals and 2 assists in the

Could former boss persuade his move to the Midlands?

12 games he played him in. Birmingham’s current pecking order is Marlon King and Adam Rooney and Erik Huseklepp who returns to Portsmouth as he is currently on loan and the club will be looking for strikers and squad players on the cheap after possible promotion.

Wherever he goes it is fair to say he has a bright future ahead of him and hopefully he doesn’t get left to rot in Mollineux and he can move on . If you think his future lies anywhere else then let me know and leave a comment below but for me, I’ll take him at Celtic.

By Simon Bienkowski
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