Albian Ajeti sends defiant message to Celtic manager and support

By David Walton

September 12, 2021

Albian Ajeti has stated that if he gets game-time at Celtic then he’ll deliver the goods after a surprising return to the team yesterday.

Ange Postecoglou’s side managed to get back to winning ways against the Staggies in our first game after the international break. Ajeti, meanwhile, helped himself to a brace with two fine second-half headers.

His morale-booster couldn’t have come at a better time for the Swiss forward. With Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths both leaving the club on deadline day, Ajeti took advantage after Kyogo Furuhashi picked up an injury on international duty.

Albian Ajeti netted two for Celtic against County (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

And despite being third-choice for much of the campaign so far, Ajeti’s confidence certainly hasn’t wavered.

As quoted by the Herald, Ajeti said: “I had nothing to prove because I have been training very well and working very hard every day so I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. If I play and get starts in games then I will score.

“We play with high intensity and high pressing where we create many chances and we will always score lots of goals. It doesn’t matter who scores but if we have the chances then I’ll be there to score the goals.

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“I am happy about any start I can get at Celtic. The performance was important for us and we performed as well as we have for the last couple of weeks. We did a lot well today and I’m happy to help the team with goals in what was a tough game.”

Albian Ajeti clearly cuts a frustrated Celtic figure

You can sense the frustration that’s clearly present in Ajeti here. It’s not as humble as you would expect him to come across given he just bagged a brace. Instead, he used his comments as an opportunity to push his confidence.

He’s quite right too. Ajeti has taken a battering at Celtic ever since he signed. Whether it’s been due to his lack of impact or lack of fitness, Celtic fans have generally been angry with his performance levels.

Much of this likely comes from the price tag. Remember, the Hoops splashed out £5m to bag Ajeti in the summer of 2019 [Sky Sports]. Much was expected of him in Scottish football, but he’s failed to get a consistent run in the team ever since he signed.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Two goals against one of the Premiership’s bottom sides at home won’t change much. The big question that will continue to hang over the Swiss striker is whether he can produce on a regular basis. Can he go to Real Betis on Thursday and bag another, for example? Can he repeat the feat against Livingston in our next Premiership match?

Ajeti has a lot of questions to answer over his ability to secure a sustained run in the team. He’ll never have a better chance with Kyogo out and two of his main rivals from last season out the door.

The early signs are that he’s ready to seize on this current opportunity. Time will tell, of course, whether yesterday was just another false dawn.

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