Leigh Griffiths to Hibs: Easter Road faithful desperate to sign 'best striker in Scotland'
Hibs fans call on club to make Celtic striker their priority this summer.
Almost a decade since he departed, Leith born striker Leigh Griffiths is still much loved on the terraces of Easter Road.
The Scotland international scored 39 goals for Hibs over two successful loan spells starting in 2011 before returning to his then parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers.
A permanent move to the Scottish Premiership would come a year later as he joined Celtic for a reported £1 million fee in 2014, but after eight successful seasons in Glasgow, the 30-year-old looks set to depart Parkhead and has been strongly linked with a return to the club.
We asked the Hibees faithful via our dedicated Hibs Facebook page if they’d make him they’re number one priority this coming summer, and it’s evident the majority are desperate to see him back in Edinburgh.
While his form over the last two seasons has been far from vintage Griffiths, Michael G Jackson said he believes he “just needs a manager who can trust him”, while Ryan Maitland echoed this, adding: “Even at 30, he still has a lot to offer and would be happy back at Hibs. He is one of our own. He's had problems, but bring one of our own home and help him get back playing at the level he is capable of.”
Karen Chappell backed the signing of the former Hibee too, commenting: “Hibs really need to break the bank and spend the cash” to sign the striker, while Paul Young said making his signing “is a must”. Alan Lawrie would like to see him return, responding by saying he thinks he would “scare the Gorgie boys out of their skin” when the Edinburgh derby rolls back into town next season.
Mark Rafferty would welcome his signing, adding he would absolutely love to see the return of a man he believes is “Hibs through and through.”
Jae Barclay was in no doubt that the Celtic striker should be priority signing when this season ends, calling him the “best striker in Scotland”, whereas Neil McKay called him “the missing part”, and Jason Hill agreed with him, saying his ability would enable fellow striker Christian Doidge to get “an extra 10 goals a season.”
Tim Spencer is concerned that Griffiths would be tempted to go elsewhere if he is available, saying “if Aberdeen want him they will get him”.
Some fans weren’t 100% sure on the move, however, as Edward Anderson responded by saying: “No way. That’s going backwards. A great player when his head is in it. But he is past that now”, and Vic Stewart agreed, adding: “Hibs should be thinking younger with potential”.
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