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Celtic: Albian Ajeti may have blown his big chance under Ange Postecoglou

Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side headed into Thursday night’s Europa League fixture with Real Betis knowing that they could not improve on their third-placed position in Group G, something which rendered the game against the Spanish side a bit of a dead rubber.

With the result of the match bearing no real importance, the Bhoys boss opted to heavily rotate his starting XI, with 21-year-old Osaze Urhoghide and 20-year-old Liam Shaw being handed their debuts for the club, while the likes of Scott Bain, Liam Scales, Ismaila Soro, James McCarthy and Albian Ajeti were given a rare opportunity to start from the off.

However, while a number of these impressed in the thrilling 3-2 win over Manuel Pellegrini’s side, one player who undoubtedly failed to take his chance on Thursday was 24-year-old centre-forward Ajeti.

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Fewer touches than Bain

Having started just five games under Postecoglou prior to Thursday, something which has largely been down to a number of concerns regarding the Switzerland international’s level of fitness, the former West Ham United striker was handed a perfect opportunity to finally prove his worth to his 56-year-old boss against Real Betis.

However, after enjoying just six touches of the ball – 50 fewer than Bain between the Celtic sticks – completing a mere three passes, having one shot (which was off target), conceding one foul and losing possession of the ball once, the £2.88m-rated man picked up an injury just 28 minutes into the match and was subsequently brought off.

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His returns during his short time on the pitch saw him earn an unsurprisingly disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.6, while the Daily Record awarded the £18k-per-week striker a three in their own player ratings, with Michael Gannon stating of Ajeti’s performance: “Looked to be dancing on ice at the start as he fell over a few times and then his misery was compounded when he limped off after 30 minutes.”

As such, if the Betis fixture was Ajeti’s final chance to prove to Postecoglou that he deserves to remain a part of the Celtic squad beyond the upcoming January transfer window, unfortunately for the 24-year-old, he blew it.

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Article title: Celtic: Albian Ajeti may have blown his big chance under Ange Postecoglou

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