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In the wake of the humiliation suffered in the hands of Zenit St Petersburg and another awesome season as the best in Scotland but still struggling to stand in Europe, the Celtic board and Brendan Rodgers must be frantically looking for a way to break this cycle.
The have clearly lost their vigor on the European stage and downward slope the SPL has been moving over the few years has made competing at that level very difficult, when you add this to the fact that they are financially handicapped to compete with the Premier League, it leaves the club in a tight fix.
As always, if they wish to buy players in the transfer market they will probably have to let go of some player, and they will need to sign at least one top class player if they wish to compete at a higher level in the future. Some players will have to make use of the exit doors and some of those may well be fan favourites.
In January, at some point, rumors were rife around Parkhead that Moussa Dembele will be moving out of Glasgow during the winter transfer window, and Brendan Rodgers himself has admitted that the team around Dembele have put ‘a plan’ in place that involves him not present at Celtic forever.
Perhaps this summer could mark the end of his stay at Celtic Park, his campaign this season has certainly been substandard to last season’s, and with Brighton almost securing his signature in January for £18million, now may well be the right time for Celtic to cash in on the 21-year-old.
After his arrival from Fullham in a deal worth £3 million, and with the market the way it is, Rodgers will be paid a significant amount for the player which could bolster his options for 2018-19 season.
The Scottish international has found his talent stifled this season under Brendan Rodgers. He has only started 10 games in the league and has found himself on the bench often when the big matches come around.
Although he found the back of the net against rangers this season, Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele and others have found themselves above the former Wolves striker in the pecking order, and despite being contracted to the Bhoys till 2021, it well be time for Griffiths to find himself a new club that can assure him of enough playing time.
He is, of course, a big fan favourite for the Bhoys so it would be a pain to see him go, but at age 27, he is yet to reach the potentials of his early performances and that may well be enough for Rodgers to send him packing.