Celtic star Leigh Griffiths: Why I will be 'banging on Deila's door' this summer

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths wants the number nine shirt next season.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has told the Daily Mail that he wants the number nine shirt next season - even if he has to bang on Ronny Deila's door to get it!

The Bhoys head into Sunday's final game of the season against Inverness having already wrapped up the title, and former Wolves forward Griffiths has been vital in the second half of the season.

The 24-year-old Scot scored just four goals in the first half of the season as manager Deila went with John Guidetti as Celtic's first choice striker, but since the turn of the year, Griffiths has hit 15 goals, becoming Celtic's leading hitman as a result.

Now back in the Scotland squad ahead of games against Qatar and the Republic of Ireland, it's been quite a season for Griffiths - but there's still something missing for him.

Griffiths is currently number 28 at Celtic, but all strikers eventually want to possess the number nine shirt with whoever they play for.

Celtic's number nine is currently Guidetti, but with his loan spell from Manchester City set to end in a matter of weeks, Griffiths says he is keen to take the shirt - and will bang on manager Deila's door in order to get it over the summer.

"If I’m the main man to lead the Champions League qualifiers I will be delighted," said Griffiths. "John’s situation has not been resolved yet and if he signs a new deal here then great. But, regardless, I will be banging on that door to get the No 9 jersey for next season because that’s the jersey you want as a Celtic player," he added.

Recent reports from The Sun have suggested that Leeds United want to sign Griffiths, but that looks virtually impossible considering how vital Griffiths has become to the Bhoys - and his importance would be underlined by gaining the number nine shirt this summer.

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