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‘EXCITING’: RETURN OF THE FIRING SQUAD

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ALBIAN AJETI has fired blanks during Celtic’s winless run of four games – but the £5million Swiss attacker has still earned praise from Neil Lennon.

The former West Ham frontman is still struggling for full fitness after a year of relative inactivity with the London club before his summer arrival at the champions.

Ajeti has claimed five goals – including winners against Dundee United and Livingston – and he is an option to start this afternoon’s delayed Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen at Hampden.

Lennon believes the attack is coming together now after a stuttering start to the campaign and as well as Ajeti, he has Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths in contention for a starting place at the national stadium.

The French frontman, who tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty in Paris last month, made a second-half appearance in the 2-2 draw with Lille in France on Thursday where Mohamed Elyounoussi scored both goals in a thrilling Europa League Group H encounter.

Griffiths also came off the bench a week ago to rifle in a superb effort in the 3-3 stalemate with the Dons at Pittodrie.

Lennon, speaking to the Sunday Mail, said: “It’s exciting to get these players back. We’ll continue to assess Odsonne and I was pleased with Ajeti’s performance against Lille.

“He held the ball up brilliantly for us. He was really strong and was disappointed that he didn’t score.

“He was also very good against AC Milan, so having him and now Odsonne back only strengthens our hand going forward.”

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