Albian Ajeti has thanked for getting his career up and running once more after a disappointing spell at West Ham, the Celtic View reports.

Ajeti signed for the Hoops from the London club in the summer after a season in which the striker made 12 appearances for the Premier League club, with only six starts amongst that. None of those starts were in the league, and he didn’t score a single goal.

It is completely different now for Ajeti, as he has quickly established himself as a firm favourite at Celtic with five goals so far this season.

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“I wanted to play”

“I still had a couple of years left on my contract at West Ham, but I wanted to play and it was clear to me that I needed to feel like a professional again, and to feel important again” Ajeti said, as quoted by the Celtic View (Volume 56, Issue 10, Page. 11).

Albian Ajeti scores for Celtic against Livingston

Albian Ajeti scores for Celtic against Livingston (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Celtic gave me this opportunity and I really appreciate it, which is why I want to give everything back that I can” he concluded.

Ajeti is certainly an important player for Celtic. There is little chance of him being pushed to the margins like he was at West Ham.

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Already one of the Hoops’ most important players

Indeed, he is already Celtic’s number two striker behind Odsonne Edouard. Up until he suffered a hamstring injury you could have made a case for him as the number one striker.

Albian Ajeti celebrates his goal against Livingston

Albian Ajeti celebrates his goal against Livingston (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Neil Lennon and Nick Hammond deserve credit for having faith in Ajeti even after his poor season at West Ham. Plenty of players have a tough time in England, that doesn’t turn them into bad players overnight. That is the case with Ajeti.

He previously showed how good a player he was at Basel. Now Ajeti has taken that form into his brief Celtic career. He seems delighted to be at Celtic, and the club are no doubt delighted to have him. The early signs are good, and it could be a long and fruitful relationship between Ajeti and Celtic.

In other news, Chris Sutton wants Celtic to sign replacements for Jonny Hayes and Boli Bolingoli.

 

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