Celtic are reportedly looking to part ways with forgotten man Albian Ajeti, with the Swiss striker seemingly in line for a departure from Parkhead this summer.
According to Football Scotland deputy editor Mark Hendry, the Old Firm outfit are set to shift their focus to trying to get the 25-year-old off their books before the September 1 deadline as they look to wrap up a deal for Rubin Kazan winger Sead Haksabanovic.
Taking to Twitter about the possible exit of the 6 foot marksman, the journalist wrote: “Expect Haksabanovic to join this week and then Celtic attention will turn to shipping Albian Ajeti out the door”.
The 11-cap dud’s time in Scotland appears to be coming to an inevitable end, with manager Ange Postecoglou seemingly attempting to kickstart something of an exodus before the end of the transfer window. Centre-back Christopher Jullien is on his way to Montpellier, while academy graduate Mikey Johnston looks set for a loan move.
It remains to be seen if there will be many takers for Ajeti, though, with the former FC Basel marksman having distinctly underwhelmed during his time with the Hoops so far, scoring just nine goals in 48 games across all competitions.
Dubbed “lazy” by pundit Frank McAvennie, the £2.25m-rated striker has looked particularly at odds with Postecoglou’s aggressive and relentless style of play, having slipped way down the pecking order behind the likes of Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda and Giorgos Giakoumakis.
The £18k-per-week forward was restricted to just 17 appearances across all fronts last term – only six of which came from the start – as he found the net only twice in the league during that title-winning campaign.
In truth, he has shown little sign of ever replicating the prolific form he showed back in Switzerland, having scored 43 goals in just 96 games for Basel, along with 14 goals in 38 games at St Gallen.
However, the powerbrokers at Celtic Park had been warned that he might not cut in British football, with it somewhat bizarre that they took the gamble on a player who failed to score in 12 appearances during an anonymous spell at the London Stadium for West Ham.
The Hoops did not heed those alarm bells and have since been left lumbered with a struggling figure for the last two years, and it not’s too extreme a claim to suggest that his time is well and truly up with the Premiership champions.
With his current Transfermarkt valuation only half of the transfer fee that Celtic paid for him, and no hint of Ajeti ever turning it around at Parkhead, the Hoops may simply need to take Alan Hutton’s recommendation to “cut their losses” on the 25-year-old.