When Albian Ajeti will reportedly return after Celtic omission

By David Walton

April 22, 2021

Many may have been surprised yesterday to see that Albian Ajeti wasn’t on the teamsheet for Aberdeen vs Celtic.

It looked like a game that was perfect to try and get some minutes into his legs and to see what he’s all about. Considering we have nothing to play for but pride, Ajeti was one of the players fans need to see a bit more of.

However, when the teams were announced, the Swiss forward didn’t even make the bench. The likes of Ismaila Soro, Tom Rogic, and Leigh Griffiths were all there. The same for Lennoxtown academy products Karamoko Dembele, Adam Montgomery, and Dane Murray.

But it appears that the omission was due to a slight knock. The Daily Report reported last night that Ajeti will be back available for Ibrox despite the surprising omission last night.

It was highly unlikely that Ajeti would’ve started yesterday even if fit. Considering John Kennedy went for Odsonne Edouard over Griffiths, it was clear his priorities were on playing who he deemed to be his best players.

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Yes, he may have only been given a cameo appearance last night, but Ajeti could’ve used any opportunities that came his way.

After all, just look at what yesterday did for Griffiths. He’s the one who bagged the last-gasp equaliser and now people are talking about him in a more promising light. That could’ve been Ajeti had he been fit and available for selection.

You can never underestimate just what one cameo appearance can do for a player. Ajeti has had a few as of late and failed to take them, but he’s barely had any substantial time on the pitch. Under Kennedy, Ajeti has only played 54 minues under Kennedy and no more. That’s 54 minutes in seven games to be exact.

Albian Ajeti in action for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We’re talking about a player that cost Celtic a total of £5million to sign from West Ham in the summer [Sky Sports]. A player who, whenever we get the chance, should be getting selected in order for us to see what talents he has.

Regardless, it looks like he’ll be available for Ibrox. Not that he’ll get much game-time there of course. If Kennedy was starting Edouard last night, he’ll do the same in Govan. And Griffiths is clearly ahead of Albian in the pecking order after last night’s goal too.

It would be great, however, if we could at least get a start or two out of him before the season ends. We have three games remaining – there’s absolutely nothing to lose anymore.

In other news, Stephen Glass has been left unhappy with a key Celtic incident last night.