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].

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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.

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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.

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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?

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

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”

 

In other news, we discuss why the recent criticism of the Celtic youngsters is both baseless and unfair.

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