Celtic legend Frank McAvennie has asserted that he believes the influx of new attackers Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgios Giakoumakis at the club has given Switzerland international Albian Ajeti a ‘kick up the backside’.
The Lowdown: Ajeti picks up the pace
Enduring a frustrating time at Celtic so far, the 24-year-old has registered just 12 goal contributions in 37 games for the Bhoys, with eight goals and four assists [Transfermarkt].
However, two of these goals came last weekend in the Premiership as he helped his side to a 3-0 win against Ross County at Parkhead [BBC].
Will Ajeti be a dependable asset for Celtic this season?
The Latest: McAvennie thinks new arrivals have awoken Ajeti
Following Ajeti’s weekend double, McAvennie reckons that the increased competition from new arrivals may have something to do with the Swiss striker’s upturn in form. Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 61-year-old claimed: “There’s competition at Celtic now”.
He then added: “When there is new competition, people up their game and push themselves.
“If he carries on like that he will score goals. Giakoumakis has come over and Kyogo is there as well.
“Those arrivals have clearly given him a wee kick up the backside. He will be getting pushed in training. That can only be good for Celtic.
“He said at the weekend ‘give me games and I’ll score’, that’s all well and good but I’m 61 and I could still score for Celtic”
“If he stays fit and does what Postecoglou says he will score goals”
“I thought he would go this summer so to see him scoring is brilliant”.
The Verdict: Hopefully Ajeti can continue his goalscoring exploits
Rightfully, McAvennie points out that the 6 foot Ajeti will be keen to ensure that he can stake a claim for regular starting opportunities at Celtic as the season progresses.
He has impressed so far with his appetite to get involved in attacking passages of play, registering 1.5 shots per game in the Premiership this season [WhoScored].
If he can replicate his weekend heroics frequently throughout the campaign, Ajeti may yet hopefully have the last laugh on his doubters.
In other news, Sky Sports pundit rues recent setback to Celtic ace. Find out more here.
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