Forgotten Celtic striker Albian Ajeti deserves everyone's backing this summer

By David Walton

June 13, 2021

As Leigh Griffiths continues to get plenty of Celtic backers in the media, it’s time that Albian Ajeti got the same.

Last night, it was the turn of former Hoops striker Gerry Creaney to push the pro-Griffiths bus. He stated that the arrival of Ange Postecoglou as manager could spark Griffiths to life once again. He went on to talk about how he’s done it at Parkhead for years and all the rest of it [Scottish Sun].

To sum up – it’s yet another call for Griffiths to be given another chance. Creaney isn’t the only one either.

Davie Provan was another to voice his opinion that Griffiths should be given a chance. Such calls have also been heard from sections of the support who want him to stay.

This undoubtedly comes from the fact he’s been a long-time servant of the club. He’s scored over 120 goals for the Hoops including that famous 40-goal season in 2015/16 [Transfermarkt].

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However, since signing his last contract in September 2018, Griff has only scored 25 goals. His highest tally for a campaign was 12. I’m all for giving players more opportunities, but the former Hibs man appears to be getting an unlimited amount.

Not least when you compare him to Ajeti. The Swiss forward was signed from West Ham United last summer in a £5m deal [Sky Sports].

Albian Ajeti deserves a new start just as much as anyone

Make no mistake, it’s been a grim season for him. He’s massively disappointed, and only bagging six goals is a shocking return on our investment. He’s had fitness and weight troubles in the past, with talks being had with former manager Neil Lennon to try and get himself back in shape [Daily Record].

But nobody has shone this season. Everyone has appeared to go down in performance levels outside of David Turnbull. So to hold this campaign against Ajeti in particular would feel harsh. Everyone deserves a second chance and a second pre-season to impress.

Celtic striker Albian Ajeti / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If anyone merits a fresh start, it’s the Swiss forward. People will turn to Griff’s pedigree over the years and use that to back the notion he should be kept around. But what about Albian then? He came to Parkhead with a history of success with both St Gallen and Basel – the latter at which he bagged 64 goal contributions in 93 games [Transfermarkt].

Does that pedigree not count just because it was elsewhere? Have we just to ignore it? He’s shown he can be a success at a decent standard of league. That suggests he can do the same in Scotland

If any player who has underperformed is wanted by Postecoglou then he deserves our backing. But there appears to be a lack of backing given to Ajeti than is afforded to others. Hopefully, next term, he can prove them all wrong.

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