Hartson critical of Ajeti but says Postecoglou needs more time

Big John Hartson has been critical of Albian Ajeti and his performance against Dundee United on Sunday afternoon. Hartson, who scored 88 goals in 146 games for Celtic was highly sceptical of the Swiss-Albanian Ajeti for failing to double Celtic’s lead against the Arabs, while also suggesting he is not an Ange Postecoglou striker.

The ex-striker was speaking to The Go Radio Football Show and said: “With everything in the mix at the start of the season. Getting Ange in, everything that was changing, if Celtic were to win the league this year it would be an unbelievable achievement. Rangers started, right so, as the favourites. They have lost this season, but they seem to be winning games and not quite being at their best, which is the sign of a good side.”

Celtic v Raith Rovers – Albian Ajeti is challenged by Raith Rovers Kyle Benedictus. Photo Andrew Milligan

“For me, Ange Postecoglou has to get more time. It’s early in the season, we’ve not won away from home yet. He’ll know that and the biggest pressure is what he will be putting on himself. He’s an honest, straight talking guy and he will know the results away from have not been there and not been good enough.”

“Celtic won’t make a change in terms of a managerial role, because if you make a change at this stage, the new manager would have the same problems. They would want to bring in their own players, and we know the big problems are in defence. We look all over the shop at times.”

The Welshman then said of Ajeti: “When you pay £5million for Ajeti and he misses from three yards, what do you do about that? Ange didn’t bring him in and he’s the only fit striker. What do you do and what do you say?

Livingston v Celtic –  Albian Ajeti heads towards goal. Photo Andrew Milligan

Hartson also berated the lack of options available to Ange from the bench, insisting that Postecoglou needs at least one more window to put a strong enough Celtic squad together for a serious challenge: “The players are not performing to the level that they can do. You look at the bench, and Adam Montgomery is just a young lad who has come into the group, but he’s expected to come on and win games. What does Ange do when a centre forward misses from three yards? Do you sack the manager? Do you start again? I think he needs another window.”

Livingston v Celtic –  Albian Ajeti reacts during the  match at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Photo Andrew Milligan

Celtic just can’t seem to gather any sort of forward momentum at the minute, exacerbated further with the many casualties to injury that has befell the squad. Hopefully with some returning faces we will begin to regain some ground and challenge an Ibrox club that does not look anywhere near the side that stopped our ten-in-a-row tilt.

Paul Gillespie

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