Pat Bonner calls out Albian Ajeti for Celtic blank at Livingston

By David Walton

September 19, 2021

Pat Bonner has called out Celtic striker Albian Ajeti for a poor display at Livingston this afternoon.

Once again, Ange Postecoglou had to feature the Swiss forward due to the fact there were no alternatives available. After three goals in two games, it looked as though he was primed to add to his tally this afternoon.

However, it would prove to be a throwback to last season as the striker was anonymous for the most part. The only chance he did manage to create saw Livingston goalkeeper Max Stryjek tip it round the post.

Celtic striker Albian Ajeti was poor at Livingston (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

And Bonner even believed the striker was injured with the poor display on show this afternoon.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland [16:58], Bonner said: “For me, if you’re a striker playing up there on your own, you can’t just stand in the middle with two centre-halves up against you hoping that eventually the ball will come to you.

“You’ve got to make something happen. You’ve got to come short, got to go down the line, got to almost even peel off their shoulder and try to get in behind at times. But that didn’t happen at all.

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“I thought he was injured, honestly. I was looking at him and he kept feeling his hip and so on. I’m not putting all the blame on him, but he looked jaded. The honeymoon is over.”

Albian Ajeti not solely to blame for Celtic disappointment

It’s easy to highlight Ajeti for failing to score a goal. He certainly didn’t impress this afternoon and was consistently crowded out in the final third.

If he wanted to present himself as a genuine threat to Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis, he had to keep finding the back of the net. He had one chance this afternoon and saw it saved by Max Stryjek.

However, as mentioned, there were many underperformers. You could highlight Stephen Welsh for his poor defending for Livingston’s goal. You could also highlight the likes of Tom Rogic and David Turnbull, both of whom failed to make their on the game in any way.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

In terms of whether Ajeti did pick up a knock or not, only he and the manager can say. He certainly didn’t look as though he was crocked. He simply looked frustrated throughout the 90 minutes.

It’ll be interesting to see whether the manager now fields him on Thursday night against Ross County. Should Giakoumakis be fit for then, it looks like an ideal opportunity to freshen things up.

Today was a massive blow to everyone at the football club. Time will tell if we can bounce back the way title-contender should.

In other news, Michael Stewart tells it like it is as Celtic lose at Livingston