It's time to bring Albian Ajeti in from the Celtic cold

By John McGinley

January 9, 2021

Albian Ajeti can’t be delighted with his Celtic progress this season.

He joined the club from West Ham United during the summer transfer window for a £5m fee [Sky Sports].

He took a significant pay cut to make a move to Scotland, hoping to resurrect his career after a disappointing spell in England.

To date though, he’s managed to make just nine starts and hasn’t featured in an eleven since November.

He’s been injury-free too, coming on as a regular substitute throughout December. Neil Lennon pursued a Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard partnership.

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Most recently he was unused from the bench against Rangers at Ibrox, despite Celtic having an urgent need to push for an equaliser.

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It’s a significant drop off from his initial impact at the club.

Ajeti burst onto the Celtic scene with a healthy five goals in the space of eight appearances. The signs were there he’d be a fantastic signing.

Now that the manager has hit the reset button in Dubai, surely it’s time for him to get another run in the Hoops first-team?

Ajeti was never a player who would thrive as a solo striker – he needs a partner.

The Swiss international should now get the chance to prove that alongside Edouard.

Ajeti could be the future at Celtic

With Griffiths now 30 and the Frenchman’s long-term future at Celtic in doubt, Lennon needs to build for the future.

Bringing our new £5m striker up to speed as quickly as possible sounds like a solid way to start.

There’s an argument he could also play with Griffiths, but his physical striking style and poaching abilities would be the perfect complement to Edouard.

Celtic striker Albian Ajeti / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic play Hibernian at home on Monday night and I reckon it’s the perfect chance to again unleash Ajeti.

If he can hit the ground running again with a fresh start, it would bring good feeling back to supporters and a fresh spark to the Bhoys attack.

In other news, Filip Benkovic looks set for a move to Belgium despite comments from John Kennedy today.