John Collins unsure if Leigh Griffiths would be a success in England

Ex-Hibs boss thinks the on-form striker should extend his stay at Easter Road.

John Collins, Livingston, September 2012.
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Former Hibernian star John Collins believes Leigh Griffiths stands his best chance of building on his award-winning season by extending his stay at Easter Road.

Collins, who played for and managed Hibs, believes Griffiths could struggle to make an impact on the game down in England because he is thriving in the comfortable surroundings of his boyhood club.

The 22-year-old striker, named PFA Young Player of the Year on Sunday, is due to return from his loan spell in the capital to parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer.

But with Wolves recently relegated to English football’s third tier, he may seek to continue his career elsewhere.

Collins, who earned 58 caps for Scotland and now helps to develop young players at the Scottish FA, said he is impressed with Griffiths’ self-belief.

He said: “He’s a good fit for Hibs. You see when he goes on the park that he’s the main man.

“He’s very comfortable and relaxed and he knows the team needs him and the fans love him.

“He is in a comfort zone, but it is a good comfort zone.

“I think if he goes down south he will be outside of his comfort zone and I wouldn’t bet money on him being a huge success at a club down south.”

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