Hibernian - Collins 'Griffiths Can Shine In England'
UK time is: 03:17:34
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Collins 'Griffiths Can Shine In England'

John Collins has urged Leigh Griffiths to continue his improving behaviour on and off the field this season and earn himself a starring role in the Premiership.

Griffiths, in his second season on loan at boyhood heroes Hibs, has enlightened the SPL with some devastating displays and netted some 28 goals over the course of the campaign.

Parent club Wolves last week invoked the one year option they had on his current deal, keeping the player at Molineux until next summer however the player himself is keen to remain north of the border close to friends and family.

Earlier in the week Griffiths admitted he would jump at the chance to extend his spell with the Hibees and said he hoped the two clubs could strike a deal to seal his permanent switch to Easter Road.

Collins, who left Hibs in 2007, stated in today's Herald that he believed whilst Gareth Bale was currently the best left footed footballer in the UK, Griffiths wasn't far behind.

'The goals Leigh has scored this season, you could go to every top league in Europe, even the Bundesliga, and there haven't been goals like that scored by Lewandowski or guys like that, he told the newspaper.

'Gareth Bale's got the best left foot in Britain but Leigh's just behind.'

The former Scotland international believes he could easily play in the English top flight should he continue his current development both on and off the park.

He added 'Could he play in the Premier League? If his mind was right and his lifestyle was right, then yes.

'He's got the talent. He could be a big player for Scotland, too, if all these things are right. You need to be a real professional for 10 years not just six months.'

Griffiths current deal with Hibs will finish after this Sunday's Scottish Cup Final against Celtic and Collins believes the clash between two of his former clubs can see Hibs finally end their cup hoodoo having failed to win the trophy since 1902.

'They'll need a real team performance,' he said 'And must attack and defend as a team. If they attack with one or two and the midfield try and press and the back four sit off and leave gaps, then they'll get torn to shreds.

'The Scottish Cup hoodoo is part and parcel of being a Hibs player. It will be huge if Hibs can do it this time. It will be one long party.'

<div style="background-color: none transparent;"><a href="http://news.rsspump.com/" title="news">news</a></div>

Join The Vital Hibs Debate

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: happypaws Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 23 2013

Time: 12:41PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Sparky literally can score from anywhere. You can't teach that talent. I'd be amazed if he wasn't playing for a top English side within 4 or 5 years in time for the peak period in his career. I pray Petrie makes a deal with Wolves.
Report Abuse
23/05/2013 22:39:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Hibernian Articles

Allan To Return In February (Tuesday December 1 2015)

Stubbs Expecting Tough Raith Encounter (Tuesday December 1 2015)

Stubbs Interest Will Come (Thursday November 26 2015)

Video - Alloa Highlights (a) (Monday November 23 2015)

Stats: Alloa v Hibernian (Saturday November 21 2015)

Alloa v Hibernian - Team Line Ups (Saturday November 21 2015)

Vital Preview - Alloa v Hibernian (Saturday November 21 2015)

Stats: Hibernian v Livingston (Tuesday November 17 2015)

Vital Preview - Hibernian v Livingston (Tuesday November 17 2015)

Interest In Cummings Grows (Monday November 16 2015)

Archived Hibernian Articles

List All Vital Hibs Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Breaking League News

Rangers : 01/12/2015 21:38:00
Allan To Return In February
Hibernian : 01/12/2015 16:40:00
Stubbs Expecting Tough Raith Encounter
Hibernian : 01/12/2015 16:35:00
Rossi Pens Hearts Extension
Hearts : 01/12/2015 16:29:00
Hearts Host Aberdeen
Hearts : 01/12/2015 16:23:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Alloa MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Oxley 0%
Gray 20%
Fontaine 0%
McGregor 0%
Stevenson 0%
Bartley 0%
Fyvie 0%
McGinn 20%
Keatings 0%
Cummings 0%
Malonga 0%
Sub - El Alagui 0%
Sub - McGeouch 60%
Sub - Boyle 0%