£5million star makes fine Celtic claim despite struggles

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Celtic have made a number of brilliant signings in recent years. Names like Kyogo Furuhashi, Jota, Giorgos Giakoumakis, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Matt O’Riley, Reo Hatate and many others immediately come to mind. But as is the nature of football, there are a number of moves that haven’t quite worked out well.

One such transfer was that of Albian Ajeti, as it is believed Celtic shelled out a transfer fee of around £5m to sign him from West Ham United, even though he was unsuccessful to score just one goal for the Hammers.

Ajeti’s time at Celtic Park didn’t go much better either. Although he showed glimpses of his abilities on occasion, he ultimately never really established himself as a starter for the club and currently finds himself on loan to Austrian club Sturm Graz, who are said to have an option to buy included in the deal. ‘OK.

Despite his struggles at Celtic, Ajeti has nothing negative to say about the club or the fans. As reported by Football Scotland, the Swiss striker said:

“Look, I can’t say anything bad about the club, the history, the fans, my teammates. To be honest, I’m very sad that it didn’t work out the way I hoped.

“I tried very hard, I worked very hard during my time at Celtic. That’s football. Sometimes it doesn’t work. I had to accept it, it wasn’t easy, it was very hard.

“Honestly, I have no regrets at all. I’ll just look back and say it’s a shame it didn’t work out the way they and I hoped. It’s a special club, it’s a very special club, I know.

Striker makes stylish Celtic claim despite struggling at Parkhead

Needless to say, these are elegant comments from Ajeti. Of course, there’s still a chance he could potentially end up at Celtic, should Sturm Graz not take up the option of signing him permanently.

Interestingly, Ajeti had actually got off to a good start at Celtic, scoring his first five league goals at the rate of one strike every 47 minutes.

He would eventually get injured scoring the fifth goal and although it wasn’t a serious issue, it derailed his momentum and Ajeti never regained his form again. It’s sad to see how it turned out for him at Celtic and we can only wish him the best for the future.

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