There seems to be an idea going around that Celtic can just get rid of Albian Ajeti with the click of their fingers.
You can see why some may want him out too. After bagging five goals in his first six Premiership matches, the Swiss has offered nothing. He’s had 23 other appearances in which to net in and failed to do so in 22 of them. His only other goal came in a 4-0 win at Kilmarnock back in early February.
His season has been struck with injury and fitness problems. But former boss Neil Lennon had a go at him and held private talks with the player to address his work ethic and fitness issues [Daily Record].
Unfortunately, it’s yet to reap any reward. Celtic only have four league games remaining, and Ajeti’s latest cameo was hardly impressive. Indeed, he was given 22 minutes after replacing Odsonne Edouard against Livingston yesterday.
If we’re being totally honest, Ajeti offered nothing. He didn’t control the ball well enough, failed to link-up the play to any decent success, and was generally sub-par. We need to see more from him on days like yesterday vs Livi.
New Celtic manager = new start for Albian Ajeti
In fairness to Ajeti, it is only his debut campaign. Not that it forgives the fact we’ve spent £5million on him and got next to nothing in return [Sky Sports]. But all new signings deserve the benefit of the doubt in their first year. It’s all about what he provides in pre-season from here on out.
For it’s not as easy as just getting rid of him. Ajeti’s stock is hardly high, meaning there won’t be a line of clubs interested in his services. Even if he is interesting clubs in Europe or in England, we’ll likely on receive a fraction of what we splashed out on him,
So you’re now left with a dilemma of whether to cut your losses or see whether a new, proper manager can get the best out of him. At the very least, it would be worth checking to see how he does under something fresh. It’s not as if anyone in green-and-white has shone this season. Why should we expect Ajeti to be any different?
If things are going well as a team next season and we’re playing with confidence, Ajeti has to ensure he’s in there. If he isn’t, then major questions can indeed be raised about the level he’s now permanently operating at.
Until then, it’s important we stick by him and see what he can offer next season.
Of course, the supporters are split on what to do next. Reacting to his future prospects after the Livingston cameo, here’s what fans had to say on social media:
“Wouldn’t give up on him” “Totally unfit”
Have a feeling he may be one of those players who takes time to settle and also responds better when playing in front of a crowd. I've seen finishing ability there that could be developed. I agree he's fallen way below expectations. I wouldn't give up on him just yet though.
— 3rdFrame (@The3rdFrame) April 11, 2021
Imagine dropping Ivan Toney to sign this guy that was a serious blunder by all at Celtic .IT would have smashed it weekly up here but somehow an idiot thought ajeti would have been better .🥴🤔 I personally believe that ajeti should be one of the first out the door
— sutherland Edward (@sutherlandEdwa2) April 11, 2021
Half the team look unfit to be fair.
— John McGregor (@tarmac1888) April 11, 2021
We're a fickle bunch us Celtic supporters. The guy was on a good run of form then got injured. Our "manager" then started to pick sone bizarre line ups which helped no one. The guy should be playing all the remaining league games so see if he can find the net.
— Des 🏴 (@johndes123) April 11, 2021
He will come good feed him and his play style 20+ a season he’s a big player edouards successor
— PM7 (@PM712) April 11, 2021
Bobby Petta was booed under Barnes…under O’Neill he was a different player…it could happen for Ajeti. .he does have something in there
— andy smith (@andysmi61784068) April 11, 2021
Hard to know until we get a proper manager n coach in, he was goin grt before he got injured, could be the malaise that has run right through the squad all season.Also think like Barkas his confidence is suffering
— Cyril Donohoe (@cyril1923) April 11, 2021
I think we should sell him. If he can’t make the starting 11 at a time when the league is gone, then he is not up to the task.
— Lisi Quant Analytics (@Andrea_Texas_82) April 11, 2021
Would play ajeti upfront with moi just in behind and buy out & out wingers,give these guys the service they’ll get goals
— Alex rennie (@alexrennie77) April 11, 2021