Brendan Rodgers suggests only reason Celtic's Leigh Griffiths is not valued at £15m

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

The striker has been sensational for the Scottish Premiership side in the last two seasons in particular.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates after scoring their second goalCeltic's Leigh Griffiths

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has outlined what he believes to be the only reason preventing Leigh Griffiths from being valued at £15m, the Daily Record reports.

The 25-year-old finished last season as the Hoops' top goalscorer with 31 strikes coming in just 35 league games, and he has hinted that he is ready to rediscover that form during the new campaign, having scored twice already in the preliminary rounds of the Champions League and against Barcelona in the International Champions Cup.

Leigh Griffiths scores the second goal for CelticLeigh Griffiths scoring in a Champions League qualifier

And the Northern Irishman has suggested that the forward has all of the attributes required to be a top player, before suggesting why he thinks that the Scotland international is not valued at a much higher price.

"I always think that to be a winner and to be the best, you need to be on the limit and Leigh plays on the limit," he told the Record.

"That's what you want as a coach and a manager and, if he had a more Latino name, he would be talked about as being worth 15 million quid, for sure."

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Although Rodgers is confident that Griffiths should be valued nearer the higher end of the market, it is perhaps more the fact that he is yet to really establish himself outside of Scotland that prevents his value rising. 

Though it is difficult to imagine that any of the Bhoys' other options would have come close to what Griffiths achieved last year, and he did enjoy one good season with Wolves earlier in his career, he is yet to prove that in a tougher league, he can bag the amount of goals that he managed in the Scottish Premiership last term.

But that is certainly not to say that he does not have the quality to do so, and if repeats his goalscoring heroics once again this year, then perhaps teams will be interested in offering him the opportunity to show what he can do elsewhere. 

Barcelona's Sergi Roberto in action with Celtic's Leigh Griffiths

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