Celtic ace Leigh Griffiths turned down €10k-a-week Serie A - Hernan Crespo would have been a team-mate

Griffiths impressed during a training spell in Italy

If things had turned out differently, Leigh Griffiths could have been rubbing shoulders with Hernan Crespo, Christian Panucci and Valeri Bojinov in Serie A as a teenager.

The Celtic striker had the opportunity to join Serie A side Parma when still a teenager, a move which would have seen him go from a couple of hundred pounds a week at Livingston to €10,000-a-week in Emilia-Romagna.

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Griffiths revealed to Si Ferry on Open Goal that he, alongside former team-mates Andy Halliday and Joe McKee were sent to Italy to train with Parma.

Leigh Griffiths had the opportunity to move to Parma when a teenager. Picture: SNS

It was at a time when Livingston were run by Angelo Massone, who “drove the West ­Lothian club to the brink of extinction in 2009”.

While Griffiths impressed Parma, the player himself was far from impressed with what he witnessed.

“Me, Andy Halliday and a boy Joe McKee, [Livingston] sent us over to Parma for a week,” he said.

“Training with the reserves, a bounce game, I had scored three. We came back and they said we want to sell you to Parma, you’re going to be on €10,000-a-week.

“The three of us couldn’t do anything. Went to training, came back and that was us, stuck in our room, stuck on our phones, 17, 18-year-old. So boring.

“I didn’t care how much money I’m being offered here, I’m not going. I ended up signing for Dundee that summer.”

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