Celtic bosses feared Leigh Griffiths would’ve been an unwanted distraction around Parkhead, should his loan at Dundee have been terminated.

Putting it simply, the 31-year-old striker hasn’t enjoyed the best of times on the field over the last six months. Not in Ange Postecoglou’s plans for 2021/22, Griffiths was sent on loan to Dundee to work under former Hibernian teammate James McPake.

However, his spell at Dens Park has been unremarkable, to say the least. In 14 appearances, the Scot has scored just two goals and has looked off the pace in terms of his fitness and application.

This recently led to Dundee attempting to activate a break clause in his loan agreement, something which would’ve seen the Edinburgh-born man prematurely arrive at Lennoxtown with his contract due to expire at the end of the current campaign.

Reactively, the Bhoys have now moved to terminate his contract at the club. According to the Scottish Sun, the reasoning behind this is due to the fact the club didn’t want to have a potentially restless player on their hands, which could’ve altered the harmony of the current dressing room as they seek cinch Premiership title glory.

Griffiths is expected to remain at Dundee until the end of 2021/22.

Celtic made the right call in releasing Griffiths; his time is up

Potentially, there is an argument to say that Griffiths should’ve been cut loose from Celtic a lot sooner than the club or ourselves would like to admit.

The striker has been involved in various controversies over the years, none of which bringing a good name to the club. Moving forward, the Celts have done the right thing by terminating his contract early.