Albian Ajeti's impressive contribution to Celtic display shouldn't be overlooked

By John Reid

October 30, 2020

In the aftermath of Celtic’s 2-2 draw with Lille, most of the headlines will be about Mo Elyounoussi. That is understandable.

After all, he did score two goals in the game. However, one player that’s contribution should not be overlooked is Celtic’s lone striker for much of the game, Albian Ajeti. He played a part in both of the goals scored by the Norwegian.

Didn’t let head go down after missing chance

That is all the more impressive when you consider that Ajeti had blown a great chance to give the Hoops the lead just before Elyounoussi opened the scoring.

He blasted over the bar in the Lille penalty box when it looked easier to score. However, he kept his head up, and his back heel set up Elyounoussi for Celtic’s first goal.

He also did well for Celtic’s second goal. His pass set Jeremie Frimpong up on the wing and his cross was finished in style by Elyounoussi.

Even though he didn’t score, Ajeti kept his head up, and wasn’t afraid to do the dirty. He did well at holding the ball up, and it was a much improved display after his recent indifferent performances against Milan and Rangers.

Will get better as fitness improves

That might be down to fitness. The player may have fully recovered from his recent hamstring problem and as a result his performances will only improve.

Albian Ajeti had a goal disallowed vs Lille (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Ajeti was replaced by Odsonne Edouard in the second-half, who was making his first appearance after battling Covid-19.

Neil Lennon now has a decision to make, as it is unlikely that both of those players will get the nod to start against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.

If one striker is going to start the game, then it might well be Ajeti that gets the nod from Lennon. Edouard is only just getting back to fitness, and Ajeti showed enough against Lille that he has earned a start in the game.

In other news, Michael Stewart was positive about Celtic’s display against Lille.