Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Joe Harper column: Signing Leigh Griffiths would be major coup for Aberdeen

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has been linked with a move to Aberdeen
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has been linked with a move to Aberdeen

Leigh Griffiths could be leaving Celtic this summer and it would be a major coup if Aberdeen could land the striker.

The Dons are reportedly in the frame to sign the Scotland international if he leaves Parkhead at the end of the season.

Griffiths is believed to still be waiting for confirmation from the Hoops about his future.

The last couple of years have been challenging for the hitman both on and off the park.

He’s 30 years old now and at this stage of his career he needs to be playing regular football and Aberdeen could be just the place to do it.

Griffiths has still got plenty to offer and having him to call on next season would be a major boost for the Reds.

Scoring goals has been an issue for Aberdeen this season and at this moment in time there are no strikers signed for next season.

Griffiths could be the man to lead the line and provide the goals the Reds need next term under new manager Stephen Glass.

A natural goalscorer

Griffiths is a natural goalscorer, which is an invaluable trait to have.

You have some strikers who play up front because of their physical attributes and what they can do in terms of hold up and link up play.

These players can still score goals, but there are other strikers who are natural goalscorers and whose game completely revolves around scoring.

Griffiths is one of these players and they are invaluable.

You can work on various attributes when it comes to striking play, but the instincts that natural goalscorers have is something that can’t be taught.

Griffiths is a team-mate of incoming Aberdeen player-coach Scott Brown.

These players always expect the ball to come to them in the box, even if it seems unlikely, they read the game and get into positions and score goals that others wouldn’t.

Another attribute of Griffiths’ game is that he likes to get shots away early which can often catch goalkeepers out.

As a striker, the sooner you can get a shot away the less time a keeper has to get ready for it, therefore – if you hit the target – you have a higher chance of scoring.

Griffiths is a master at this and can grab you a goal out of nothing.

The Brown effect

Griffiths has been a team-mate and a friend of Aberdeen’s new player-coach Scott Brown for a number of years.

When it comes to trying to sign Griffiths, having his Celtic club captain also joining can only be a good thing when it comes to convincing the former Hibs and Dundee player that Pittodrie is the place for him.

In terms of a statement signing for new manager Glass, Griffiths would certainly be that.

It seems like there will be plenty of new faces coming to Aberdeen during the close season and if Griffiths was brought in that would be a good start to the summer recruitment drive.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]

This article originally appeared on the Evening Express website. For more information, read about our new combined website.