Hearts await the winners of Celtic v Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Final and Albian Ajeti can’t wait

Albian Ajeti was struggling to get much any inroads at all in his first season in English football at West Ham back at the start of March 2020 while Celtic were heading up the A9 to take on St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup quarter final. A goal near the end from a Ryan Christie free-kick that everyone, including Christopher Jullien missed ended up nestling the the corner of the St Johnstone net.

Had the former FC Basel striker been watching that strange goal on television he could never have dreamt that exactly 8 months later that win at Perth would result in him playing in the semi-final of that competition that of course should have been played back in April.

The delay means that Ajeti has now signed for Celtic after a £5million summer transfer from West Ham and he’s in the hunt for a winners medal in this competition. That means taking care of Aberdeen tomorrow then Hearts in the Final after they beat Hibs 2-1 after extra time in today’s semi-final. The former Celtic keeper Craig Gordon was named man of the match as the Championship side booked their place in the Final against either Celtic or Aberdeen.

Speaking to Celtic TV the 23-year-old Albania- born Swiss international reckons that Aberdeen will for the second time in a week provide Celtic with. tough challenge but he’s confident that Celtic will get through to the 2020 Scottish Cup Final.

“It’s even better for me to be a part of last season, with this weekend’s rescheduled Scottish Cup semi-final,” he said. “I’ll try now to help the team, and I’m happy to do that in any game – in the cups, league, Europa League, any game.

“Last Sunday against Aberdeen was a tough game but we knew even beforehand that it would be. I thought we really played well and actually deserved the three points, but if you concede penalties just before half-time and in the last second of the game, it’s hard.

“I think if you score three goals away from home then you deserve to win. But, as I said, we’re working hard and the good games will come back.

“I’m really looking forward to the cup game on Sunday because I know the history of the club. Unfortunately, we can’t share that with the fans at the moment in the stadiums, but that’s extra motivation to try and win these games for them.

“It must be difficult as fans to not be allowed in to watch games. That’s an extra motivation for us all and we’re preparing well for the cup game against Aberdeen.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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