On December 12 Brendan Rodgers announced that the striker was taking time out from football prompting speculation over a number of different issues.
Griffiths has made infrequent postings on social media with Rodgers and Lennon guarded when giving any update on how the striker is faring and when he might be back in action.
In the Evening Times Hay suggests:
I don’t know what is going on with Leigh Griffiths but for me the best place for him to be right now is back at Lennoxtown.
I would have to stress that I offer my view as an outsider so I have no knowledge of just how Leigh is or where he is in terms of dealing with the issues that caused him to take leave from the club.
But it has been almost four months now and the longer you are away the harder it is to come back.
I don’t mean that there should be any pressure on the boy to come back and get back to work but more so that the daily routine of getting up and getting to Lennoxtown and being around the squad would probably do him the world of good.
In September Griffiths signed a new four year Celtic contract which effectively extended his commitment by a year having previously signed up until 2021 in December 2015.
His absence has been keenly felt by Celtic with Olivier Burke brought in on loan in January and converted into a striker while January signing Vakoun Issouf Bayo has only had five minutes of first team football.
Griffiths was signed by Lennon in January 2014 but the manager resigned five months later with Griffiths surviving the arrival of a number of strikers to hit his 100th Celtic goal earlier this season against Suduva.
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