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WHY AJETI’S SMILES BETTER

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ALBIAN AJETI reckons life at Celtic is smiles better.

The Swiss international striker has fired in three goals in three appearances for the Hoops since his £5million switch from West Ham in the summer.

It’s changed days for the 23-year-old frontman who endured a season without a goal with the struggling London outfit and rarely got near the first team after Davie Moyes replaced Manuel Pellegrini.

Following substitute outings, Ajeti got the late winner against Dundee United at Tannadice and struck again in the 3-0 victory over Motherwell at Parkhead. He celebrated starting the weekend match against Ross County at Dingwall by rifling in the second goal in the 5-0 romp.

The astute forward believes it’s all down to being happy with life again and, speaking to the Daily Record, insisted: “Absolutely, you can see it. I am smiling every day. I was smiling every day at West Ham, as well, but it’s not the same when you are not playing.

“Now I’m playing and I am happy and I could not have imagined a better move than to Celtic.

“I didn’t have to prove anything because I didn’t get a lot of chances last year, but I was just happy that I could sign for Celtic.

“I had good conversations with the gaffer, he gave me good confidence, the confidence back I didn’t have in West Ham. For me, this is important, to have a good relationship with the gaffer and team. That is why I’m very happy to be here.

“I didn’t expect anything. I just wanted to be happy here and was looking forward to starting with my new team.

“I said from the beginning I feel very confident, I feel very comfortable and this is then the result of it.

“Confidence was never a problem of mine. I always had a lot of confidence. Actually, after the year I had at West Ham, I was just happy to go anywhere and play and Celtic has given me this opportunity.

“I’m very happy, I really appreciate it and I want to give the best back that I can.”

Ajeti, who is hoping to get the nod from Neil Lennon to partner Odsonne Edouard against St Mirren in Paisley tonight, added: “If you are in front of the goal and you have a chance to score, this is just a quality you have or don’t have.

“If you put a lot of effort and work into your game, you will get a goal anytime, so you need to be patient, work hard and there will always be a good ending.

“If you feel more comfortable, it will be even easier for you. It doesn’t matter if you are fit enough or not.

“I’m not at 100 per cent of fitness and I’m trying to get there, but if the gaffer wants me to start game by game, I will do it and try my best. This is his
decision.”

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