Neil Lennon has told Celtic’s official website that the Scottish champions have signed a “tremendous player” in Albian Ajeti, after the Hoops confirmed they had completed the permanent signing of the striker from West Ham.
Ajeti, 23, has signed a four-year deal at Celtic after struggling to come to terms with Premier League football down south. The Hammers landed Switzerland international Ajeti from Basel after he netted 43 goals in 96 games.
But Ajeti managed only 12 outings for the Hammers last term, failing to score a single goal. It has seen Celtic decide to raid David Moyes’ Hammers for the striker – with the Herald claiming the Hoops have splashed £5million to sign him.
Initially, it was believed Celtic wanted a loan for Ajeti but a deal has been confirmed as a permanent one – with Ajeti handed the number 10 shirt. Lennon gave his instant reaction on the club’s website, claiming he had watched Ajeti for some time.
Hail Hail from our new number 🔟! 💪🍀
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 13, 2020
“We are delighted to bring Albian to Celtic. He is a tremendous player, an international with real quality and I know he is really determined to do all he can to bring more success to our supporters,” Lennon said.
“I have admired him for long time as he is a really intelligent footballer, well balanced and a really good finisher. We are so pleased to make him a Celtic player and we hope he has a long and prosperous career with us.”
TBR’s view – What does Ajeti signing mean for Griffiths?
Vakoun Bayo has already left Celtic this summer, joining relegated French side Toulouse on loan. But Lennon remains with four, first-team strikers on the books and even if Celtic play two up top – surely one will have to go.
Odsonne Edouard continues to be linked, but looks likely to remain for at least another season. Patryk Klimala only joined in January and has impressed in pre-season – but Leigh Griffiths has come under increasing criticism.
Griffiths is now likely to be fourth choice, and Ajeti’s signing could mean he departs.