Dressing room joker Albian Ajeti addresses Celtic captaincy

By Euan Davidson

July 8, 2021

It may have just been a friendly, but Albian Ajeti was tasked with something incredibly special yesterday: the Celtic captaincy.

It might’ve just been a case of the manager picking the most experienced player on the day. But try telling the Swiss striker that. The former West Ham forward endured a difficult first season at Celtic Park. In an interview with Celtic TV, it appeared that he took the responsibility very seriously.

In what was a surprisingly physical battle, Celtic overcame Sheffield Wednesday 3-1. After the Owls’ took a one-goal lead, the Bhoys showed some promising passing and movement, with Ajeti’s tidy finish drawing the Celts level.

From thereon in, it was more comfortable. And for yesterday’s captain Ajeti, quite meaningful. He told Celtic TV:

“I think the boys know me, the lads know me. I’m a calm guy. [In the] dressing room, I do some jokes.

“The game was different. I tried to motivate the team, tried to lead the team today. Obviously it was a great feeling, I don’t need to hide that. That’s a great feeling to have [that] down for such a club like Celtic.

“But as long as I can play with this club I’m happy.”

Ajeti surely due another chance at Celtic, captaincy aside

Let’s be clear; Ajeti probably isn’t going to be the next to receive the Celtic captaincy. It’s going to be Callum McGregor, unless something dramatic happens before the end of the season.

Nobody on this website is going to try to convince you otherwise. However, it’s great to see where Ajeti’s head is at. He so obviously cares. Despite his struggles last season, we rarely heard from the Swiss striker, so to hear him talk with such passion is a bit of a surprise, somehow.

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Whether the Celtic captaincy was arbitrary or not yesterday, it clearly meant something to the number 10. And now we’re wondering what kind of jokes the very serious-sounding striker has in his arsenal.

After an incredibly forgettable 20-21, Ajeti is showing he’s committed, and happy to take on more of a leadership role.

It was only a friendly, right enough. Again though, Ajeti’s tone and delivery suggest it was much more than that to him.

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