Would Celtic's Leigh Griffiths be an option for Sunderland?

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...

Sunderland should try and sign Celtic hitman Leigh Griffiths. If his summer comments are anything to go by, it's certainly possible.

Leigh Griffiths of Celtic is congratulated by manager Brendan Rodgers as he is substituted during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium...

In July, Celtic marksman Leigh Griffiths told The Glasgow Evening Times: "I don’t want to be going back on the bench for the full campaign, I want to be playing. I’m going to be 27 in August.

"I’m no spring chicken. I’m probably in the best form of my career so far and it’s one of those ones when you don’t want to be playing second fiddle."

Fast forward five months and the 27-year-old is playing second fiddle to Moussa Dembele once again, having started two of his last seven games for Celtic and, with January around the corner, you wonder whether the Scottish hitman would be willing to leave Parkhead.

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...

If he is open to leaving Glasgow then Sunderland should certainly enquire about his services, amid speculation that Lewis Grabban could be heading to Championship leaders Wolves.

Teamtalk reported on Tuesday that the Sunderland hitman is wanted by Nuno Espirito Santo and such a loss would be a huge blow to the Black Cats' hope of staying in the Championship, with the 29-year-old bagging 10 goals in 14 starts following his summer move from Bournemouth.

Whether he goes or not, Chris Coleman needs to prepare in the event that he does and the new Sunderland boss should consider a punt on the out-of-favour Celtic star.

Griffiths, who hit the 40-goal mark during the 2015-16 campaign, is an exceptional talent in the Premiership but his exploits North of the border will naturally prompt questions over his capacity to be as lethal in a more competitive division, such as the Championship

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...

But four goals in his last five World Cup qualifiers with Scotland - including two stunners against England - should illustrate his effectiveness at a higher level and he shouldn't be automatically dismissed on the basis that his Celtic form is irrelevant.

The ex-Wolves star, who managed 12 League One goals in 17 starts in 2013, has not signed an extension with the Hoops for close to two years, and Griffiths, whose existing deal expires in 2021, is unlikely to sign a new one while Dembele remains Brendan Rodgers' go-to-guy.

The Frenchman is surely destined for bigger and better things than the Scottish Premiership in due course, meaning that Griffiths might well be the Bhoys' first-choice hitman again even next season, but you heard him - he is no spring chicken and doesn't want to spend most of the season behind Dembele.

Dembele's injury might see Griffiths earn more chances now, but it's not a long-term layoff, according to Hoops assisant Chris Davies, via The Herald.

The Record reported in the summer that he was valued at around £6 million and, if that price is accurate, it could well be a bargain for Sunderland.

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