Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has dropped a significant hint that swiss striker Albian Ajeti will not be with the club next season. The former West ham striker, who cost the Celtics £5 million in 2020, has struggled to make an impact at Celtics. He missed the beginning of pre-season after a hamstring injury forced him off the pitch just 28 minutes into a 3-2 Europa League victory over Real Betis.
Ajeti played a limited role for the club last season, scoring only 3 goals in 17 appearances. Since the arrival of Kyogo and Giorgos Giakoumakis, His future at Celtics has looked uncertain as they have pushed him down the Celtic strike pecking order. Swiss player Vega, who was capped 28 times for his country, said that Ajeti has not performed to the expected levels after a prolific spell at FC Basle. Furthermore, he felt that Ajeti returning to Switzerland to restart his career could be best for both parties.
According to the latest transfer news and market odds provided by Bet365, Postecoglou doesn’t want to settle on one striker and keep rotating his other options. He is still seeking another striker to bolster the attacking options for the Scottish Premier League.
Ferencvaros striker Ryan Mmaee was one of several players identified by Postecoglou. Whatever happens with the Ryan Mmaee deal, Ajeti’s future at Celtic looks less certain as the Swiss striker is one of a group of players that the club is willing to sell. Moreover, Keeper Vasilis Barkas has left on a season loan to Utrecht to make a move permanent. Also, Mikey Johnston could be permitted to leave the club on loan.
Postecoglou suggested that Ajeti’s future with Celtic could change soon. He said: “Ajeti has had a bit of a knee problem, but he trained in Glasgow while we were in Poland last week. We’ll see what happens. There’s still time in this window, and there will be some movement.”
The Scottish Premiership champions begin their title defence on Sunday when they face Aberdeen at Celtic Park, the venue where they will unfurl the league flag in front of a packed crowd.
Rumours have been flying around that the Celtics could be willing to cut their losses with Ajeti. However, Postecoglou has never confirmed those rumours. Nonetheless, his latest comments suggest that the young Swiss striker will not be at the Celtics next term and that he may be looking to try and continue his footballing career elsewhere, especially if he wants to resurrect it.