Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs has labelled stories linking Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths with a move back to the Easter Road club as “just speculation”, while Celtic boss Ronny Deila has insisted that “nothing is going on with Hibs”, although he did admit to interest from the Championship club.
With Griffiths finding first-team chances limited at Celtic Park, a move for the 24-year-old back to Hibs on a 93-day emergency loan has been suggested in the past week, but Stubbs, in his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight’s match with Ross County in the League Cup, did not want to be drawn on the matter.
“I think we all know why it comes around – you have a player that’s not playing and people are putting two and two together and making six,” said Stubbs.
“I don’t want to speak about players who are not mine. I cannot comment on someone else’s player. There’s obviously speculation, but as far as I am aware it’s just speculation.
“I do not know where it has come from or the source of it and it would be disrespectful of me to speak about a player who is not ours.”
Celtic manager Ronny Deila also commented on the matter. “Leigh’s at Celtic, nothing is going on with Hibs,” said the Norwegian. “He’s here and he’s in our plans.”
“There haven’t been any real talks between the clubs, so we just keep on. Leigh is playing games here and he’s fighting for a place in the starting XI. He’s here and that is what we want.”
“I know there’s been interest, but we haven’t agreed on anything, but we’ll see what is happening. We’ll see how it goes on.”
Asked if Griffiths would be in the squad to face Hearts tomorrow in the League Cup, Deila replied: “We’ll see.”