|Date of birth||20 August 1990|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|2011–2013||→ Hibernian (loan)||66||(31)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 February 2016.
Griffiths started his career at Livingston where he made his debut as a sixteen-year-old. He then moved to Dundee in 2009 for £125,000. During his five years in the Scottish First Division he earned six player of the month awards. With Dundee in financial trouble, Griffiths moved to Wolves for around £150,000 in January 2011.
Having failed to break into the Wolves first team, he spent the 2011–12 season on loan to Scottish Premier League club Hibernian. This loan was renewed for the following season, during which he won the SFWA Footballer of the Year award and made his debut appearance for Scotland. After it appeared Griffiths had become part of Wolves' plans during the 2013–14 season he moved mid-season to join Celtic.
Griffiths made his debut for Livingston as a sixteen-year-old, after coming on as an 82nd minute substitute during a 3–1 defeat to Airdrie United on 30 December 2006. He went on trial at Premier League team West Bromwich Albion in April 2009 and impressed enough to warrant a move. However, Tony Mowbray's departure as manager saw Griffiths' chance of a move ended.
On 25 June 2009, Griffiths completed a £125,000 move to Scottish First Division rivals Dundee, despite having an offer rejected for the player back in April. Griffiths later revealed that he had rejected contract talks with Hearts, citing his belief he would benefit from more first team football at Dundee and Hearts' then defensive playing style as the reasons. He scored three goals on Dundee's run in the 2009–10 Scottish Challenge Cup, and played in their 3–2 win over Inverness in the final. Livingston claimed in January 2011 that they had yet to receive payment, which was denied by Dundee. Griffiths became a fans favourite during his spell at Dundee and scored 34 goals in 62 appearances, which included a memorable 30 yard free kick in the Scottish League Cup against Rangers.
On 27 January 2011, Griffiths signed for English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers on a two-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee (believed to be £150,000), after he successfully completed a two-week trial. He was an unused substitute against Tottenham in March 2011, but did not feature again in part of any matchday squads during the club's remaining fixtures that season. His Wolves debut came on 23 August 2011, when he came on as a substitute in a League Cup tie at Northampton Town, in what was to be his only game for the club during the 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons.
In both these seasons, Wolves instead loaned him out to Hibernian, where he enjoyed considerable success (see below). Following his performances with Hibs, Wolves opted to take up their option of a contract extension that would ensure Griffiths remained under contract for the 2013–14 season. Hibernian subsequently made an offer to acquire Griffiths in a permanent deal, but it was rejected by Wolves, who also stated that they had "no intention of selling the player on to any other club". New Wolves manager Kenny Jackett affirmed that Griffiths was part of his plans for their campaign in League One, and he made his league debut for the club on 3 August 2013 against Preston, some two-and-a-half years since first signing. He scored his first goals for the club a week later when he scored twice against Gillingham, having agreed a new long-term contract.
By January 2014 Griffiths was Wolves' leading goalscorer for the season with thirteen goals, attracting bids from Celtic. After Wolves rejected initial offers from the Scottish champions, they accepted a bid on 31 January, reported to be £1 million.
Griffiths moved on loan in August 2011 to Scottish Premier League club Hibernian the club he supported as a youngster until 9 January. Three days before his loan was due to end, it was extended to the end of the season. Griffiths was criticised by the Hibs manager, Pat Fenlon, after he was suspended for a second time for gesturing at supporters. Later that month, Griffiths was suspended again for the same offence. In March 2012, newspaper reports claimed that Griffiths had assaulted Fenlon and his assistant, but these reports were denied by the club. Griffiths scored a late winning goal in the 2–1 win in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen. Overall, Griffiths scored 11 goals in 36 appearances for Hibs during the 2011–12 season.
Hibs agreed another loan deal with Wolves for Griffiths in July 2012, due to run until at least January 2013. He scored three goals early in the 2012–13 season, including two in one match against St. Mirren. Griffiths won the SPL Player of the Month award for August 2012, then scored both goals in a 2–1 win against Kilmarnock in his next appearance. Two goals in another match against St. Mirren on 3 November increased his tally to eleven for the season. This run of form earned him a first Scotland cap, in a friendly against Luxembourg. His form dipped after this, however, as he scored two goals in the next thirteen matches.
In January 2013, Griffiths trained with his parent club Wolves to allow new manager Dean Saunders to assess him. Wolves then issued a statement criticising Griffiths for making an offensive comment on Twitter. PFA Scotland said that although they could not comment about individual cases that were ongoing, they condemned all "discriminatory behaviour" and urged their members to be aware of the dangers of misusing social media. Campaign group Show Racism the Red Card said that they were "saddened" by the comments and acknowledged the apology made by Griffiths to the individual affected and the general public.
In their statement about Griffiths, Wolves also said that he was likely to remain at Hibs for the rest of the season. It was confirmed on 16 January that Griffiths would remain at the Easter Road club for the remainder of the 2012–13 campaign. He scored in every SPL match during February to win a second SPL player of the month award. On 3 March 2013, Griffiths scored his first ever professional hat-trick in a Scottish Cup tie against Kilmarnock. A week later during an Edinburgh derby, he appeared to have scored a free-kick goal after the ball rebounded off the crossbar and dropped behind the goal-line, before bouncing back into play. Television replays showed that the ball had crossed the line by a few feet, but referee Euan Norris did not give a goal and the match finished 0–0. In the Scottish Cup semi-finals on 13 April 2013, Griffiths scored in extra time to seal a come-from-behind 4–3 victory over Falkirk.
Having scored 25 goals in all competitions by mid-April, Griffiths was nominated for Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year by PFA Scotland, winning the latter award. Griffiths was also included in the SPL Team of the Year and named player of the year in the Scottish Premier League Yearly Awards. On 17 May, Griffiths was named the SFWA Footballer of the Year, becoming the first Hibs player to win that award since Pat Stanton in 1970.
He made his debut for Celtic as a substitute in the 2–1 loss in the 2013–14 Scottish Cup fifth round against Aberdeen. On 22 February 2014, he scored his first goal for Celtic against Hearts. On 1 March 2014, he scored a hat-trick against Inverness in a 5–0 home win. Griffiths formed a good understanding with fellow striker Anthony Stokes, who had up until Griffiths' arrival at Celtic in January struggled for form that season. Near the end of the season, the pair turned in an outstanding performance in a 6–0 rout of Inverness at Celtic Park on 27 April. Griffiths provided assists for Stokes' first two goals in the first half (the Irish striker went on to complete a hat trick), before Griffiths scored himself in the second half, latching on to pass from Stokes and shooting in to the far corner of the net. Griffiths finished the season with 7 goals from 14 appearances for Celtic.
The SFA issued Griffiths with a notice of a complaint in April after he was filmed singing about the financial state of Hearts at an Edinburgh derby match. Griffiths apologised to Hearts and was disciplined by Celtic. Video footage of him chanting in an Edinburgh pub that former Hearts player Rudi Skácel was a "refugee" was then made public, which led to investigations by Celtic, the SFA and Police Scotland. Celtic manager Neil Lennon said that the club would do what they could to help Griffiths. Griffiths was charged and cautioned with an offence, related to an incident in the Edinburgh pub, under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act in January 2015. Griffiths admitted the offence during a court appearance in September 2015, for which he was admonished. Celtic had previously fined him four weeks' wages.
Griffiths was used mainly as a substitute by new Celtic manager Ronny Deila in the first couple of months of the following season. He didn't play at all for the first team during September, and was linked with a loan move to former club Hibernian. Manager Ronny Deila stated that Griffiths needed to improve his fitness, stressing the importance of being a "24-hour athlete". Griffiths returned to first team action in October, again coming on in games as a substitute. He scored twice in a 6–0 win over Partick Thistle in the quarter-final of the League Cup. He began starting games more often after the New Year, and on 1 February 2015 he opened the scoring in a 2–0 win over Rangers in the Scottish League Cup semi-final which was the first Old Firm meeting since April 2012. He was booked for his goal celebration. He went on to score six goals in his next ten games for Celtic.
On 15 March, he started in the League Cup Final, making way for John Guidetti after 69 minutes of an eventual 2–0 win over Dundee United. Griffiths netted a hat-trick on 15 April after coming on in the second half of a 4–1 win in the league over Kilmarnock. Deila described Griffiths' performance as "fabulous", praising both his goalscoring and his overall contribution to the team. Deila also mentioned the improvement Griffiths had made to his fitness. Eleven days later he scored another treble, all of the goals in a 3–0 victory over Dundee United at Tannadice. Having clinched the league championship, Celtic defeated Inverness 5–0 in their final game of the season on 24 May, with Griffiths coming on as a substitute in the second half to score Celtic's fourth goal of the game and his 20th of the season.
At the beginning of the 2015–16 season, Griffiths took the number 9 shirt at Celtic after former number 9 John Guidetti signed for Celta Vigo. On 19 August 2015, Griffiths scored a brace against Swedish side Malmö FF in a 3–2 win at Celtic Park in the first leg of the Champions League playoffs. Celtic failed to qualify for the Champions League, dropping down into the Europa League, but Griffiths continued to score regularly. By early October he had scored 10 goals in 18 domestic and European matches. He signed a new contract with Celtic on 18 December, extending his commitment with the club to 2021. Griffiths commented on Celtic: "I don't see why I really need to leave this club. This is a bigger club than three quarters of the English Premier League." He also acknowledged his own growing maturity in recent years, "If you look at me beforehand, still doing daft stuff off the field and I've kind of quietened down a bit now and I had to because I was almost staring the exit door in the face."
On 15 January 2016, Griffiths scored his 50th goal for Celtic, opening the scoring in their 4–1 win over Dundee United at Tannadice. He became the fastest Celtic player to achieve this landmark since Charlie Nicholas in the 1980s, reaching the tally in fewer games than the likes of Henrik Larsson and John Hartson.
Griffiths was selected for the Scotland B side that played Northern Ireland B at the end of the 2008–09 season, and he scored the third goal in a 3–0 win. He was a regular for the Scotland national under-19 football team, and was then selected to play for the Scotland national under-21 football team. His first goal for Scotland U21 was on his second call up on 2 March 2010, when he equalised against Azerbaijan. Despite playing regularly in the 2011–12 Scottish Premier League for Hibernian, Griffiths was left out of some Scotland U21 squads. He was recalled for qualification games against Luxembourg (in which he scored) and Austria in September 2012. He was added to the full Scotland squad in November 2012 for a friendly match against Luxembourg. His second cap for Scotland came against Croatia in a 1–0 away victory in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
- As of 7 February 2016
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
- Wolverhampton Wanderers
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- SPL Player of the Year: 2012–13
- SPFA Young Player of the Year: 2012–13
- SPL Player of the Month: August 2012, February 2013
- SFL Young Player of the Month: March 2008, August 2008, March 2009, September 2009, October 2009, November 2010
- SPFL Player of the Month: April 2015
- Scottish Premiership Player of the Month: August 2015, October 2015
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