Report: Albian Ajeti set for Celtic summer exit; transfer details revealed

By Lewis Laird

August 31, 2022

Celtic striker Albian Ajeti is reportedly closing in on a Parkhead exit, with Austrian side Sturm Graz set to sign the 25-year-old on loan.

The former West Ham and Basel forward will initially head to Austria on a temporary spellz, but reports have also suggested an option to buy will be included in the deal.

Having found himself well outside of Ange Postecoglou’s plans at Celtic, both Ajeti and the club have been seeking an exit this summer.

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Heading into the final 48 hours of the transfer window, the Swiss internationalist remains a Celtic player, and according to Sky Sports, the striker wasn’t convinced by the current transfer options on the table.

However, the £5 million man’s future now looks to be resolved, with reports from Austrian media outlet Kleinezeitung stating Ajeti is set to sign for Austrian Bundesliga side Sturm Graz.

The report indicates that Sturm will also hold an option to buy the Celtic striker next summer for a fee in the region of €2.5 million.

Joining the Austrian side should provide Ajeti with the opportunity to play regular first-team football at a Europa League side, who are set to face off against Lazio, Feyenoord and FC Midtjylland.

It would also be another objective of this summer’s transfer window ticked off by Ange Postecoglou, getting rid of deadwood from his squad with the likes of Vasilis Barkas and Ismaila Soro departing in recent months.

Ahead of transfer deadline day tomorrow evening, the Hoops have managed to get another player off the wage bill who was highly unlikely to feature under Postecoglou this season.

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Frustrating few years for Albian Ajeti at Celtic, but move away best for all parties.

Despite making somewhat of a positive start to life at Celtic, it simply didn’t work out for Albian Ajeti.

To me, it seemed as though the frontman was signed for his attributes as a poacher within a 3-5-2 system that former boss Neil Lennon looked keen to impose on his team.

However, after picking up injury issues, the Swiss striker was rarely given the chance to feature in that system after a quick switch by Lennon in the 2020/21 campaign.

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It is fair to say that Ajeti’s Celtic career has not kicked off, and instead, it has been a frustrating few years at Parkhead for both the player and the club.

Now, it’s best that he has secured an exit this summer, and he can hopefully get back to playing regular football at a club that suits his attributes as a striker.

We wish him all the very best of luck on his move to Austria, and it appears Ange Postecoglou has achieved another one of his objectives this summer.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou reflects on ‘significant’ Premier Sports Cup moment for Celtic last season.