Chris Sutton calls out Celtic striker Albian Ajeti after Ramon Vega spat
Chris Sutton has hit out at Albian Ajeti for his Celtic form after he was involved in a war of words with Ramon Vega last week.
Ajeti was called up to the Switzerland squad despite failing to make the most of his opportunities over the last month. This was met with criticism from Vega, who questioned what his countryman offers as a striker [Scottish Sun].
It was a remark that clearly angered Ajeti. Speaking to Blick, he countered by asking who Vega was and stated he will fight to do his best.
But Celtic fans have generally seen enough of Ajeti now to know he isn’t the answer. And speaking via his Daily Record column, Sutton was quick to add to the criticism of the Parkhead striker for what he’s shown on the pitch in recent weeks:
“Albian Ajeti scored a couple of goals and has shown a few flashes but he’s not exactly made the most of his chance. He took a swipe at Ramon Vega after my old teammate questioned his selection for Switzerland, but he’s not shown that fiery attitude on the pitch.
“Ramon was right. What is Ajeti. He can stick the ball in the net occasionally but I don’t see what else he does. He doesn’t hold the ball up, he doesn’t ruffle up defenders or get them turning with his movement.
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“He’s been at the club a year and a half now and still doesn’t look a long-term solution.”
Celtic fans have waited long enough for Albian Ajeti to prove his worth
There was something about Ajeti’s recent run in the team that made it feel like last-chance saloon. With Kyogo Furuhashi injured and Giorgos Giakoumakis not fully-fit, a golden opportunity fell onto Ajeti’s plate.
Goals against Ross County and Real Betis initially made it look as though he was planting the seeds for a Celtic revival. In the end, it turned into a damp squib. The Swiss forward struggled against Livingston, Raith Rovers, and Dundee United to have fans turning off him once again.
Ajeti’s latest display came in a disappointing cameo appearance against Aberdeen last Sunday. The chances are surely running out for him to prove himself at Parkhead, even if he is still tied down on a contract that runs until the summer of 2024 [Transfermarkt].
Vega’s criticism, in fairness, was pretty stinging. So much so that it did feel as though Ajeti had to defend himself in some respect. After all, Ajeti was watching on as a prominent Swiss pundit talked up an alternative option and questioned what he brought to the team.
Ajeti was left on the bench for the 2-0 home win against Northern Ireland last night. The Swiss will face off against Lithuania on Tuesday night in Vilnius, but it doesn’t look likely the Celtic man will get much of a chance there either.
His call-up was a touch surprising, but it’s also disappointing to see he wasn’t allowed to enjoy it much. As for the bigger picture unfortunately, we’ve surely seen enough to know Albian isn’t going to be a success at Celtic Park.