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Celtic striker Albian Ajeti has been draining the club’s finances

Celtic have spent a significant amount of money on new players over the past few years in their efforts to win every domestic competition they play in and go as far as they can in Europe.

However, as tends to be the case with almost every club, not every completed transfer that sees a new player join the squad ends up being particularly successful.

One prime example of this with Celtic in recent memory is regarding striker Albian Ajeti, who the Hoops signed 83 weeks ago back in the 2020 summer transfer window for a fee of £4.5m from Premier League side West Ham United.

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Since then, the 25-year-old has gone on to make 48 appearances for the Parkhead club across all competitions but has only managed to score nine goals and provide five assists in the process, which is less than what the club’s fans and hierarchy will have been hoping for in terms of his goal contributions given how long he’s been there.

His debut season with the Hoops saw the attacker score just six times in 30 appearances, highlighting the fact that he didn’t exactly hit the ground running at his new club.

This season has seen the Switzerland international make just 17 appearances and find the back of the net three times, which suggests that Ange Postecoglou doesn’t rate Ajeti as highly as some of his other attacking options such as Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis who have both played more league minutes than him in this campaign.

As well as his lack of regular goal contributions, the former Hammers figure hasn’t done much to impress his manager when he has been able to get on the pitch, with WhoScored listing him as the second-lowest rated player currently in the squad to have started more than one league game.

Has Albian Ajeti been a waste of money for Celtic?

Yes

Yes

No

No

In fairness, the centre-forward has had to deal with a significant injury issue that saw him miss 22 games between December and March which will have undoubtedly hurt his chances of convincing Postecoglou he deserves to be in the squad.

All in all, it’s safe to say that the player has pretty much rinsed the club out of a combined total of £5.9m from his transfer fee and weekly wages of £18k-per-week based on the lack of consistency he showed in terms of his goal contributions and overall performances.

That certainly backs up what Frank McAvennie had to say by claiming that it was “unbelievable” the striker is getting paid by the club at all.

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