Celtic legend Davie Hay explained in the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels it will be very interesting to see what manager Ronny Deila does with Leigh Griffiths.
Hay’s comments come ahead of the imminent arrival of Nadir Ciftci at Parkhead, after an agreement was reached between Celtic and Dundee United over the forward which will see him become one of Deila’s new arrivals this summer.
“It will be interesting to see what happens with Leigh Griffiths who really came into his own at the end of last season,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“He can play left, but is far more comfortable in the middle and made that his own.”
Leave Griffiths where he is
There is an argument to leave Griffiths where he is and to give him the chance to build on the success he had up front last season.
He worked hard through the middle of Celtic’s attack and while he isn’t the most flamboyant or exciting striker to watch, Deila knows exactly what he’s getting when he selects Griffiths to lead the attack.
It’s a cliché but if it’s not broken, there’s no point in Deila trying to fix it.
The merit of a wider role
Hay suggests that Griffiths could be nudged out to the left hand side if Deila wants to install Ciftci as his main central striker.
Griffiths does have the discipline to play there and can move into central positions where he was effective last season, when the left-back overlaps and Celtic can afford to be a little more flexible in terms of their shape.
The obvious argument against doing that is that Deila already has good wide options in Gary Mackay-Steven and James Forrest, which suggests Griffiths doesn’t need to be moved from a position where he has been in good form.