Celtic: £5m 'problem' now has 'no future' at Parkhead

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Celtic striker Albian Ajeti doesn’t have a ‘future’ at the club after enduring another difficult season, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 25-year-old arrived at Parkhead in August 2020 after completing a £5 million move from West Ham United, but his time at the club has not gone to plan since.

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Ajeti established a solid reputation for himself across Europe after registering 43 goals and 21 assists in 96 appearances across all competitions for boyhood club FC Basel.

The forward also fired his side to a league title and a Swiss Cup during his time at the St. Jakob-Park stadium, earning himself a switch to the Premier League.

However, after a single season with West Ham, in which he failed to start a single top-flight fixture, score a goal or provide an assist, he was offloaded to Celtic for a £3m loss.

But Ajeti has been unable to get his career back on track in Scottish football, playing second fiddle to a variety of different strikers during his time at the club.

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Despite finding the back of the net on five occasions and setting up another strike in his opening six league games for Celtic, the Switzerland international ended last term with his six goals and four assists to his name.

And things got even worse in 2021/22. The arrival of Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda and Giorgos Giakoumakis limited Ajeti to just 552 minutes of first-team action across all competitions.

What has O’Rourke said about Ajeti?

O’Rourke believes Ajeti, who earns £18,000-per-week, is unlikely to get a ‘look in’ at Celtic given the level of competition and that it’s ‘probably best for both parties’ if he moves on this summer.

He told GiveMeSport: “I don’t think there’s any real future for him at Celtic right now. He’s not going to get much of a look in with Kyogo, Maeda and Giakoumakis all up there contesting for places in the starting line-up as well.

“It just hasn’t worked out for Ajeti, whether that’s through form and fitness or everything else, I think it’s probably best for both parties to move on.”

Where could Ajeti go?

Celtic legend Frank McAvennie claimed Ajeti’s style of play was a “problem” for manager Ange Postecoglou and he could also cause some issues off the pitch.

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A January return to Basel reportedly fell through due to the player’s wage demands and getting him off the books at Paradise could prove tricky.

Ajeti still has two years left to run on his current contract, meaning finding a potential suitor for a player who has nine goals to his name in the last 24 months could prove difficult.

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