Pat Bonner calls out Celtic striker Albian Ajeti for 3rd consecutive week

By David Walton

October 4, 2021

Celtic great Pat Bonner has called out striker Albian Ajeti for another quiet display at Pittodrie yesterday.

Swiss forward Ajeti has lost his place in the Hoops starting XI after the return of Kyogo Furuhashi. Albian initially looked like threatening to make an impact after netting three goals in his first two games back in the side. However, poor performances against Livingston, Raith Rovers, and Dundee United killed his momentum.

In recent weeks, Bonner has highlighted Ajeti for failing to contribute enough when called upon. This happened after the defeat to Livingston on September 19th and the draw with Utd last week respectively.

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Ajeti was given a 20-minute cameo yesterday as Celtic desperately chased a winner at Aberdeen. And despite the fact the Hoops found one through Jota, Bonner was anything but impressed with what Albian brought to the table.

Speaking via the BBC Sportsound programme yesterday, the former Celtic goalkeeper said: “Ajeti, I don’t think he touched the ball for the full period (he was on for). I don’t think he touched the ball once. He had one sort of wrestle with the centre-half and that was it.

“Whether that was down to a lack of movement or whether that’s not Celtic getting balls into areas he can run onto, it’s incredible a striker for Celtic not touching the ball. I would love to see the stat on it.

Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

“Again I looked at Ajeti today up front and he’s just a completely different player than Kyogo. There was a couple of times Kyogo was looking for that little pass, that penetrating pass. There was one where McGregor got (close) that didn’t happen for him. The next McGregor tried him again. At least he’s threatening the back of centre-halves, whilst Ajeti is going on and just standing in front of them, making it easier for centre-halves.”

Albian Ajeti struggling to make an impression once again this season

In fairness to Ajeti, he did manage a few touches, but that was his whack. Three touches of the ball and not a meaningful one to his name [WhoScored?].

There was hope he would come to the fore this season under a new manager and make his mark. After all, his track record with Basel suggests he can operate at Scottish Premiership level. But so far we just haven’t seen anything that suggests he can make it here.

His display at Pittodrie yesterday was disappointing. It’s not as if Ajeti was given the final five minutes with no time to show some quality. He had just under 20 minutes to try and help Celtic find a winner. You could be forgiven for thinking he was never even subbed on.

Albian Ajeti has been frustratingly inconsistent / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

You can’t blame Postecoglou for throwing him on. Sure, we can all question why Giorgos Giakoumakis couldn’t play the final 10 minutes and all the rest of it. But all the manager did was throw his only fully fit striker on to try and win the game. It’s down to Ajeti to show what he’s all about.

Unfortunately, he just doesn’t look like a player that suits Postecoglou’s system. He doesn’t make clever runs in-behind and it becomes too easy for centre-backs to snuff or crowd him out. Once again, he failed to take his big chance yesterday.

There’s a reason Bonner keeps highlighting his poor performances. At the moment, he isn’t doing enough to respond on the pitch.

In other news, Kyogo’s brilliant Pittodrie celebrations haven’t gone unnoticed by Celtic fans