With Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side heading into Sunday’s Scottish Premiership clash without a win away from Parkhead so far this season, the Bhoys boss would have undoubtedly been hoping for a positive result against Aberdeen at Pittodrie in order to break the Hoops’ hoodoo.
And, while it was by no means the most aesthetically pleasing performance from Celtic, goals from Kyogo Furuhashi and Jota were enough for the 56-year-old’s side to take all three points from the fixture, with the Bhoys running out 2-1 winners.
Although, despite the victory, there were still a number of Postecoglou’s side who turned in slightly below-par performances, with Liel Abada and Nir Bitton both receiving SofaScore match ratings of 6.6 or below for their efforts against the Dons.
However, it was undoubtedly the performance of second-half substitute Albian Ajeti which will have disappointed the Bhoys manager most, as the centre-forward offered his side next to nothing during his brief time on the pitch.
While it may seem slightly harsh criticising the performance of a player who was only involved in the game for 18 minutes, considering just how abject Ajeti was upon being thrown into the fixture, the criticism would appear to be justified.
Indeed, the £2.88m-rated man failed to register a single shot – either on or off target – against Aberdeen, while also failing to make any key passes, complete any dribbles or win any interceptions, tackles or duels.
In fact, the man whose performances were recently dubbed a “problem” by Packie Bonner only managed to touch the ball two times, completed just one pass and ceded possession for his side on one occasion – which means that out of all the touches Ajeti had of the ball, 50% were given away.
These returns – or lack thereof – saw the £16k-per-week forward earn an extremely disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.4, ranking him as the third-worst player, from either side, to feature in the game.
As such, despite the fact that Celtic did take all three points in the clash, Ajeti badly failed Postecoglou during his brief spell on the pitch – although, exactly why the 56-year-old brought the Switzerland international on ahead of Georgios Giakoumakis is a question that must be asked of the Hoops manager.
Celtic did find a winning goal but Ajeti’s influence in helping change the course of the game was extremely limited.