Celtic outcast set for Hibernian reunion with emergency loan

Celtic Parkhead

Out of the first team picture at Parkhead, Leigh Griffiths looks set to take a step down into the Scottish Championship with a move to Hibs.

Leigh Griffiths could be set for a reunion with former club Hibernian, with the 24-year-old closing in on a temporary move back to the Edinburgh club.

The former Hibs favourites spent two seasons on loan at Easter Road, scoring 31 goals in 66 games during a spell in which he caught the eye of Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.

Griffiths was subsequently snapped up from parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers, arriving at the Hoops in January for an undisclosed fee.

But despite a record of eight goals in 16 games for the Hoops, the 24-year-old has failed to settle at Parkhead with manager Ronny Deila recently calling the striker’s attitude and application into question.

"Playing matches is important, but being a 24-hour athlete is important as well," the Celtic boss told reporters over the weekend.

"What you do in matches is important, but you have also to be very aware of what you do every day in training and off the pitch. There have been no problems with Leigh off the pitch, but he needs to get fitter."

According to the Daily Record, Griffiths will now move to Hibernian on a three-month emergency loan.

Hibs are recruiting the former fan favourite as cover for injured frontman Farid El Alagui.

However the deal could spell the end of his all-too-brief Hoops career.

These developments come a day after Celtic failed to take maximum points once again in the Scottish Premiership, with the Hoops only managing a 1-1 draw with Motherwell in the Sunday lunch-time kick-off.

Goals have proven hard to come by of late for the Bhoys, with the club currently struggling to fill the void left by Georgios Samaras’ departure over the summer.

The Greece international departed Celtic Park on a free, signing for West Bromwich Albion having previously been linked with a move to Napoli.

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