Ray Wilkins: Everton should have signed Celtic's Leigh Griffiths

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...

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has continued to score prolifically, while Everton are struggling for goals.

New Jordan coach Ray Wilkins speaks during a press conference after an International Friendly match between Jordan and South Korea at King Abdullah Stadium on November 14, 2014 in Amman,...

Ray Wilkins has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, which was broadcast on TalkSPORT on 14th November, that Everton should have taken a gamble on Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths.

Everton have been left short up-front this season, following the departure of Romelu Lukaku.

The Toffees went after Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud in the summer transfer window, but were unable to get a deal for either of the pair over the line.

And Wilkins feels that Celtic forward Griffiths would have made a good alternative for the Toffees.

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...

“He’s a goalscorer,” Wilkins said of the Celtic striker.

“People will say he’s a little one, not a big one. But at the end of the day Griffiths puts the ball in the back of the net. He’s got a good left-foot.”

Griffiths has scored prolifically at Celtic, but his previous spell in English football was at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Leigh Griffiths of Scotland  celebrates after he scores the second goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Scotland and Malta at Hampden Park on September 4, 2017 in Glasgow,...

Griffiths is currently competing with Moussa Dembele for a place in Celtic’s starting line-up, with Brendan Rodgers often rotating the pair.

Everton failed to bring in an out-an-out forward last summer, and both Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney have struggled when leading the line.

Everton are currently in 15th place in the Premier League table, after a disappointing campaign to date.

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