"They can call us whatever they want"; Defiant Celtic star Albian Ajeti hits back at critics

By John McGinley

February 11, 2021

Celtic striker Albian Ajeti has hit back at those who have labelled him ‘a diver’ in recent days.

Ajeti was on media duties today at Lennoxtown.

Inevitably the subject of his recently won penalty against Kilmarnock was raised by journalists, after the SFA overturned a decision to ban him for two matches.

Ajeti isn’t bothered by what people say about him, but has admitted he was surprised with the whole carry on.

The Bhoys star said [Official Celtic YouTube]: “Yeah, I was a bit surprised. I didn’t know about the process here. Now I know and I’m happy that I could play.

Asked about being labelled ‘a diver’, by some, Ajeti replied: “There are many things footballers need to hear about that are not true. This is part of our profession, we have to accept it.

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“They can call us whatever they want but we know what’s going on on the pitch. If they want to call me that they should call me that, but it isn’t true. But, as I said, this is part of football and we have to accept it and keep our focus on the right things.”

Albian Ajeti can look forward to more Celtic starts

The perception that Ajeti cheated to win the penalty vs Kilmarnock was always wide of the mark.

It may have been a soft penalty, but as has been pointed out countless times now there was contact from the goalkeeper.

Albian Ajeti, scoring for Celtic against Kilmarnock / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ajeti will be buoyed by the amount of football he has been getting recently. Neil Lennon has turned to him as the new partner to Odsonne Edouard in recent matches.

The former West Ham and Basel man has made it clear he’s looking to play regularly and, hopefully, that now transpires.

We need to figure out if he has a long-term future in the position heading into a new era at the club.

In other news, Neil Lennon was full of praise for his players last night.