Celtic are reportedly willing to sanction the departure of forgotten man, Albian Ajeti, with the Switzerland international seeking an exit from Parkhead in the coming days.
According to Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph, the Old Firm outfit are “open to offers” for the 25-year-old with the end of the window on the horizon, with the striker having failed to make his mark since joining from West Ham United back in 2020 on a £5m deal.
Writing on Twitter about the marksman’s future, the transfer insider stated: “Celtic striker Albian Ajeti is looking to leave the club before the end of the transfer window. Celtic will not stand in his way & are open to offers. It’s understood Ajeti hasn’t been convinced by the clubs who have expressed an interest, so far, but knows time is running out.”
That impending exit appears somewhat inevitable following what’s been a largely underwhelming two years with the Hoops for Ajeti, with the £18k-per-week marksman having scored just nine goals in 43 appearances in all competitions for the club.
Despite enjoying a prolific spell at FC Basel – where he netted 43 goals in just 96 outings – the £2.25m-rated forward arrived in Scotland off the back of a goalless stint with the Hammers, with it something of a surprise that Neil Lennon and co had opted to splash the cash on a player who had already struggled in British football.
The 6-foot striker has seemingly never appeared the right fit during his time at Celtic Park – particularly under Postecoglou – with his lack of mobility having been an issue when leading the line, according to pundit Frank McAvennie.
That has been evident in comparison to the seemingly relentless Kyogo Furuhashi, with McAvennie also insisting that it has been a big “problem” when the title-winning coach has had to turn to Ajeti instead of the Japan international due to injury concerns.
Not that the former Yokohama boss has often been keen to give the Basel-born dud an opportunity to impress, as he made just 17 appearances in all competitions last term – only six of which came from the start.
Undoubtedly surplus to requirements – having also yet to feature in the early weeks of the campaign – it will continue to be a ‘problem’ for the champions if the one-time St Gallen man is not moved on before Thursday’s deadline, with the player developing into something of a wage burner for the club.