Frank McAvennie has given his reaction to some Celtic transfer news involving Albian Ajeti and Vasilis Barkas.
The Lowdown: Both can leave
A source from the Parkhead club has recently told Football Insider that they are now willing to sell both players for a loss in the January transfer window.
Should Celtic sell Ajeti?
Ajeti was signed for £5m, while the deal to bring Barkas to Glasgow could rise to £5.5m, meaning that the Hoops would be expecting to sell them for lesser sums in the winter if they can find any suitable buyers.
Selling the two players could free some gaps in the squad for Ange Postecoglou’s team to go out and strengthen, perhaps aiding their push for the Premiership title.
The Latest: McAvennie reacts
Speaking to Football Insider, former Celtic striker McAvennie has since given his reaction to the transfer news, claiming that his former club should accept any offers which come in for both players:
“Where is Ajeti going to go? No one will buy him.
“If they get an offer of £2million for Ajeti, I would snap your hands off.
“I would happily take a loss on him, get him gone. The same with Barkas. Sell them at any price.
“There is no point in loaning them out. Barkas was £4million and Ajeti was £5million.
“That’s £9million quid down the drain. That’s football though. The recruitment has been awful in recent years.
“Hopefully that is something that improves over the next few years.”
The Verdict: Get rid of both
We agree with McAvennie here.
Ajeti has not had the kind of impact that he would have liked since joining Celtic, scoring just nine goals and supplying five assists in 44 games in all competitions across the last two years (Transfermarkt), an average of a goal or an assist every three matches roughly.
With plenty of options both up top and between the sticks, both players should be sold for whatever transfer fees the Hoops can get, which can then be reinvested in other areas of the pitch come January.
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