Swiss Report: Celtic striker Albian Ajeti in contention for Switzerland call-up

By David Walton

September 21, 2021

Celtic striker Albian Ajeti is in contention for a call-up to the Switzerland national team, according to Swiss outlet Blue News.

The Euro outlet has been looking at four potential options to replace Haris Seferovic who looks certain to be injured for the October matches. And the report has stated that Ajeti has caught the eye of Swiss boss Murat Yakin.

The former West Ham striker has bagged three goals in his last three Celtic matches. These came courtesy of a brace against Ross County last week and another strike vs Real Betis last Thursday. He was, however, disappointing in the 1-0 loss to Livingston on Sunday.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

But even so, he’s has a promising month so far. Ajeti has been given a run in the Celtic side and will fancy bagging more goals against Raith Rovers on Thursday night.

His next challenge will be to fend off the imminent challenge of Giorgos Giakoumakis, who looks set to be in line for a debut on Thursday also.

Switzerland, meanwhile, are gearing up for World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Lithuania respectively.

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Albian Ajeti must ensure Livingston blank was a one-off as Celtic press on

Nobody will be satisfied with what they produced against Livingston on Sunday. Ajeti included. However, he’ll feel he wasn’t the worst on the pitch either. It was an off-day for next to everyone. Only a select one or two can feel they had a right to leave West Lothian with their heads held high.

But there’s also no denying it was a blow for Ajeti. His stats may read at three goals in three games, but he would’ve been hoping to avoid a blank for now. He’s in the process of rebuilding his reputation amongst the support. Goals, goals, and more goals will be all he sees on his task list.

It looks almost certain that he’ll get minutes against Raith Rovers. The Championship outfit shouldn’t be causing the Hoops too many problems. Players of Ajeti’s calibre should be looking at the game as a big opportunity.

Albian Ajeti celebrates for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

As for his Switzerland hopes, Ajeti’s last call-up came back in September 2020. He’s been frozen out of action for over a year now. But Yakin was only appointed Swiss boss last month as they undergo a major transformation.

Ajeti has every chance to be a part of that with the new manager providing a clean slate for everyone.

The only way the Celtic man is going to get that opportunity is to do what he does best – score goals. So if he is in contention, he should have all the more reason to be motivated on Thursday night.

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