Jim Goodwin is considering offering Leigh Griffiths the chance to start his career at Paisley, but only if St Mirren striker Eamonn Brophy is ruled out in the long term.
Griffiths is a free agent after turning down the chance to stay in Dundee, but Buddies boss Goodwin thinks he’s the man to get him back in shape and fire him again.
The former Celtic hit man already has options, including from ambitious League One sides Falkirk and Queen’s Park, but Goodwin is in no doubt the former Scotland favorite could still have a future in the top flight if he can improve. and lose weight.
The Saints boss has already had talks with Griffiths’ agent, but has yet to make a firm offer. The final call-up will depend on how long leader Brophy, who injured ankle ligaments against Motherwell on Tuesday, is out of action.
But Goodwin is already preparing his sales pitch and is confident he could put the 31-year-old back in the target.
He said: “I would definitely like to manage the players in the way that would bring out the best in them.
“Leigh is a player I admire from afar because he has always been out of our league, playing for Celtic and scoring goals for them at the highest level.
“It was less than five years ago that I was taking those fantastic free kicks for Scotland against England.
“Unfortunately we all agree it hasn’t worked out for him in the last 12-18 months, but he’s still a good player and one of the most natural goalscorers in Scotland.
“Look, it’s up to Leigh where she wants to go from now until the end of the season.
“But it’s definitely on my list at the moment, depending on the result of Eamonn Brophy’s scan on his ankle.”
Griffiths scored three times in 17 starts for James McPake’s team but turned down the chance to stay at Dens Park.
Goodwin added: “I think he’s at a good age and he still has a lot to offer. He needs to get fitter and sharper again and I think he would be honest enough to admit that himself.
“We might be able to help him with that if we can make some sort of deal.
“Leigh needs to know that she’s going to play week in and week out and that she’s going to be given that opportunity.
“Whether or not we go back on the market depends on the results of Brophy’s scan, but there aren’t many better free agents than Leigh.
“I’ve been talking to her agent, but there hasn’t been an offer for Leigh at the moment.
“As soon as Eamonn was injured against Motherwell on Tuesday, I sat up until two in the morning and went through all the players we have in our database.
“I scoured the market to see who would be available within our price range and Leigh is on that list, which is all I can say at this point. It’s probably the best on the list that we could logistically make it work.
“Leigh lives in Bothwell, which is half an hour down the road, so if we’re in a position where we need to do business, he would be the best fit for us.”
Brophy sprained his ankle during St Mirren’s midweek draw with Well and Goodwin is bracing for bad news.
“It looks like it will be a number of weeks,” he said. “Our physio Kevin Bain says it looks like a slight ligament tear on the outside of his right ankle.
“It’s disappointing. It’s been too intermittent for him. He had the hamstring issue, he came here with the foot injury last season, there have been Covid issues.
“We are all desperate to keep Eamonn fit and available because we know that if we can get him a good run of games, he will score goals.”