Pat Bonner isn't happy with Albian Ajeti after Celtic stalemate vs Dundee Utd

By David Walton

September 26, 2021

BBC pundit and former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner has called out Albian Ajeti for another dismal display against Dundee United.

Ajeti managed three goals in his first two games after his return to the starting XI. However, he’s goalless in his last three and today missed several big opportunities to win the game for Celtic.

Even more disappointing was the fact he barely managed to hold the ball up or bring others into play. The Swiss forward put in a woeful shift with United again crowding him out easily when on the ball.

Celtic striker Albian Ajeti was poor at Livingston and dreadful this afternoon (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

And Bonner has let rip at the striker after the display. Speaking via BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound program, Bonner said: “We’ve talked a lot about Albian Ajeti. If he’s not scoring goals, what else is he doing? That’s the problem. Is he making those little runs away, pulling players out of position? They’re so reliant on the wingers now. That movement off the ball just wasn’t happening.

“Ajeti, I know you John [Rankin] said during commentary ‘maybe Ajeti has just been given that instruction. You stay in that position and leave the space for the wide men to exploit’. But they’re not doing it, and if they’re not doing it, then he looks as though he’s not doing any work.

“He’s hoping that the ball’s going to come to him in a position, score a goal, and walk off saying ‘well I’ve scored my goal, I’m okay. It’s up to the rest of them to do the other pieces of the work.'”

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Pat Bonner hits the nail on the head with Albian Ajeti after Celtic display

Bonner couldn’t be more accurate here. Too often it looks as Ajeti simply isn;t putting in enough effort in the final third.

Granted, as said above, that could be down to an instruction from the manager. Perhaps he wants Ajeti to play to his strengths and be a penalty box predator. But Postecoglou isn’t the kind of manager who will change his principles for anything.

Ajeti is being given opportunities that he should never really have. If Celtic had a full complement of players, he wouldn’t be anywhere near the starting XI. That’s why it was so important for him to be a standout during this period.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Instead, he’s back in a red spotlight once again. Not many are warming to him, and Bonner reflects many in the Celtic support who’ve had enough of what we’re seeing from him in the final third.

Perhaps it would be fine if Ajeti was taking his opportunities. But the fact is he’s missing chance after chance. He’s being gift-wrapped goals which he’s throwing away too easily. A player lacking confidence perhaps, but there’s no time to put an arm around his shoulder.

Ajeti has been given far too many opportunities at this rate. He’s offering the team absolutely nothing, and it’s no wonder Bonner and the Hoops support have been left majorly disappointed with him.

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