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Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has extended his contract with the club for a year.

The 30-year-old’s contract technically expired in late June, but Celtic confirmed that he would stay for at least another year on Thursday.

Griffiths made 261 appearances for Celtic, scoring 123 goals.

“I’m very excited to be able to extend my time at the club. Celtic is a club that I love and I want to do everything I can to help our fans again,” said Griffiths.

“I’m looking forward to the coming season and working with the new Oberbeleuchter and the rest of the guys. It’s an exciting time for the club and I wanted to be part of the future of the club. I’ll do everything I can.” to help us get back to where we all want to be. “

The new deal confirms that Griffiths will be part of the plans for new manager Ange Postecoglou’s first team.

Postecoglou added: “I am very excited to keep Leigh with us for at least another season. I have had very positive discussions with Leigh and he understands my expectations and especially those of the club.

“Leigh has already proven to be one of the top strikers in Scotland and I look forward to working with him so we can bring success to the Celtic Football Club.”

πŸ“ We are happy to announce that we have agreed on a contract extension for one year with # CelticFC striker @ Leighgriff09! πŸ™ŒπŸ€

– Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) July 1, 2021

Last week, ex-Celtic boss Neil Lennon shot back in his argument with Griffiths when he claimed the Celtic striker turned down offer of lockdown training sessions.

Lennon was furious last summer when the Scottish frontman showed up out of shape in preparation for the season. Things didn’t improve in the campaign that followed, and Griffiths spent much of the season on the bench.

Griffiths claimed he got a rough deal “sometimes” from Lennon and then caretaker John Kennedy after Northern Ireland left in February.

But those words drew an outright censure when Lennon said Griffiths failed to join his teammates in taking the chance to hold additional meetings during last year’s Covid-19 shutdown.

“He let himself down,” he told BBC Scotland’s Euros Breakfast Show. β€œHe’s got full pay for the three months of suspension and comes back totally out of shape and severely overweight when he couldn’t afford it because he hadn’t played a lot of football in the past 18 months to two years. “