ALBIAN AJETI’S wretched scoring form that brought him a mere nine goals for Celtic in two seasons has followed him to Austria.

The Swiss international forward cost £5million when Neil Lennon bought him from West Ham in August 2020 as the Hoops geared up for their bid for a historic tenth successive title.

Ajeti flopped spectacularly in the team’s first trophyless campaign in 11 years with all hopes of the coveted crown blown shortly after the turn of the year.

FLAT OUT…Albian Ajeti after miss in the 1-1 draw with Dundee United at Parkhead in September 2021.

The striker claimed only six strikes and hit another three – two in the 3-0 win over Ross County in Cameron Carter-Vickers’ debut on September 11 2021 – and also in the European tie against Real Betis in the 4-3 loss in Seville five days later.

That will almost assuredly be his last strike for the Hoops. He disappeared from view shortly afterwards.

A return of nine goals in 48 appearances was never going to be impressive enough to persuade anyone to give him an extended run in the first team.

Ange Postecoglou packed him off to Sturm Graz on a season-long loan in the summer, but there appears every likelihood the striker, who will be 26 in 10 days’ time, will be returned in June.

Ajeti has netted only three goals in 17 appearances, two in the Austrian Bundesliga and one in the national Cup competition. He fired blanks in all five of his Europa League outings.

Hammers boss Davie Moyes, the former Hoops defender, refused to allow the misfiring marksman to join his old club on loan, insisting it would have to be a permanent move or none at all.

That stance persuaded Lennon to shell out £5million for a player worth only a fraction of that fee in today’s market.

SITTING IT OUT…Albian Ajeti passes up another opportunity.

Ajeti had failed to register a solitary goal or assist in 12 games for the London outfit in season 2019/20 before the Parkhead club paid their highest fee of that summer – only £500,000 more than the cash squandered on keeper Vasilas Barkas – for a player who started reasonably well and then faded into obscurity.

The Swiss misfit is one of the best-paid players at the champions – reported to be picking up around £25,000 per week – and is under contract until June next year.

Unless there is a dramatic u-turn in Ajeti’s form, he will be heading back to Glasgow when his temporary transfer expires with the Austrian club.

Twelve goals in over three-and-a-half seasons is an unacceptable rate from any striker. Putting that in context, Kyogo Furuhashi collected 20 goals in his debut crusade at Celtic after being bought for £400,000 less from J-League club Vissel Kobe in July 2021.

And the Japanese hitman also missed FOUR months of the campaign through injury.

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