Paul Lambert asked if someone will take chance on Celtic's Leigh Griffiths; Joey Barton questions why he'd leave Hoops

Leigh Griffiths of Celtic celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in...

Paul Lambert believes that Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths deserves another chance in the English leagues, but Joey Barton is not sure he would take it.

Leigh Griffiths (L) of Scotland scores the opening goal near Aljaz Struna (R) of Slovenia during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Slovenia and Scotland at stadium Stozice on...

Paul Lambert has told The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT (broadcast on 9th October 2017; 8:12 am) that Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths deserves another chance to prove himself in the English leagues, but Joey Barton suggested that he is not sure why the Hoops ace would move.

Griffiths has been sensational this season, with his excellent finish in Scotland's World Cup qualifier with Slovenia proving to be his ninth goal for club and country this term. 

Leigh Griffiths of Celtic celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in...

Given his form, there is bound to be interest in him. But perhaps some supporters of English clubs may look at his previous spell in the country as a reason to write him off as, while he boasted a decent strike-rate, all of his goals with Wolves came in League One before he returned to Scotland. 

But Lambert is adamant that Griffiths is good enough to earn another chance in the English leagues based on the fact that he proves time and time again that he is lethal in front of goal.

"The goal never moves in any country I've been in, the ball is still the same shape and he can score. The lad can score, there's no two ways about it. I think he's a natural finisher," he told The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT (broadcast on 9th October 2017; 8:12 am).

Leigh Griffiths of Celtic celebrates after he scores his team's fifth goal during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round First Leg match between Celtic FC and FK Astana at...

"How do you know [that he could not do well in England]? Nobody knows until they give the lad a chance. Give him a chance and let him see if he can do it. I don't see why people say he had his chance, he was a kid when he was down in England."

While Lambert believes that English sides should give him a chance, Barton has questioned whether any club that needs Griffiths would be able to attract the 27-year-old away from Parkhead.

"The only thing is if you're him and you're playing Champions League football with Celtic, you're not to going to play for one of our Champions League clubs [so why leave]," Barton added.

Should Griffiths continue to thrive this season, then it seems more than likely that Celtic will have to field offers for the striker in the summer, and Barton's theory will arguably be put to the test.

If Celtic enjoy a lengthy European journey this season and strengthen their squad further next summer, then perhaps there is more that can be done with the Bhoys. But if they appear to reach their ceiling over the coming months and show no signs of being busy in the windows, then perhaps a fresh challenge may appeal to the forward.

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