Pundit Alan Hutton thinks Albian Ajeti’s Celtic career could now be over, Football Insider report.
The Lowdown: Hamstring injury
Ajeti was given a rare start by Ange Postecoglou in the Hoops’ Europa League dead rubber against Real Betis last week.
However, the 24-year-old lasted just 28 minutes before needing to be replaced with a hamstring issue.
The Latest: Hutton’s claim
Asked if he thinks Ajeti will get another chance under Postecoglou, he said:
How many more signings do Celtic need this month?
“I’m not so sure. “I think if we look at it, on the whole, he’s had enough opportunities to shine.
“When he was given the armband in pre-season you maybe thought he was going to get more game time. But the likes of Furuhashi have come in and done really well, and that’s just put him well down the pecking order.
“When he does get an opportunity he’s picked up these sorts of injuries, and they’ve kept him out.
“The one problem for Celtic is: are they going to get any of the money they spent on him back? That’s the one thing that could be a stumbling block if they look to move him on.
“I think he’s running out of time.”
The Verdict: Time up
Ajeti may well have played his final game in a Celtic shirt, with Postecoglou labelling his injury as ‘significant’.
The Hoops also appear to have a possible replacement lined up, with Daizen Maeda linked with a move to Scotland. The club are confident of sealing a January move, so it could be curtains for Ajeti as a result.
His Parkhead career has failed to get going after joining in a deal worth £4.5m from West Ham and has found the back of the net on just nine occasions in 48 appearances, so a permanent move away may make sense for all involved.
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