Celtic great Dixie Deans has admitted that he isn’t sold on Albian Ajeti just yet despite his rip-roaring start to life in Scotland.
Ajeti has managed a terrific four domestic goals in five games, with two of them coming from the bench. Already, he’s looking like paying back every bit of the £5million Celtic splashed out on him (Sky Sports).
Perhaps more impressively, he’s done it without having had a pre-season under his belt too. As things stand, he’s thriving in Glasgow in his new surroundings.
However, Deans – a prolific scorer for the Hoops between 1971 and ’76 – has stated that he isn’t overly-convinced just yet. Instead, he had words of praise for another of Celtic’s front-men.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Deans said: “People are telling me Ajeti is this and he’s that, that he’s great. I’ve not seen all of his games, I’ll admit. But what I have seen of him so far I think he’s an OK player.
“In fairness, Ajeti has been scoring goals and let’s be honest, that’s the bottom line if you’re a Celtic striker. But I’m not seeing a great player at the moment. You have to prove yourself over a longer period. Ajeti’s still settling in and it’s a promising start, but I want to see more from him.
“I like Klimala. I know he’s not scored as many goals, but there’s something about him. He’ll eventually do the business for Celtic. He puts himself about and he works hard. I like that. But, listen, it’s only my opinion. Let’s see what happens with him and Ajeti. Bottom line is I want every player to be successful at Celtic.”
Only time will give Ajeti the opportunity to become “great”
You can see the point Deans is trying to make. Because Ajeti hasn’t been here for a prolonged period of time then you can’t get carried away. But nobody really has done in fairness.
Ajeti deserves all the praise that’s coming his way after a terrific start to his Celtic career. Not many have claimed he’s the best thing since sliced bread or that he’s going to become a club icon by the time he departs. All he’s being judged on is the here and now, and for that reason you have to give him top marks.
However, it’s interesting to note Deans’ verdict on Patryk Klimala. He’s a player who’s struggling to force his way into the Celtic side and is currently behind Ajeti in the pecking order.
You get the feeling then that Deans would’ve perhaps gone the other way if the strike duo were having contrasting fortunes. If it was Ajeti who was struggling to break in whilst Klimala was bagging goals, would Deans be bigging Ajeti up whilst trying to keep Klimala’s feet on the ground?
Perhaps, but he’s entitled to his opinion just like the rest of us. He’s certainly right in that it takes more than four goals for a player to be considered “great”.
Let’s see if Ajeti can jet us to the fabled 10. If he manages that, then perhaps Deans will be happy to put that tag on him.