Ramon Vega trashes Celtic’s £5m striker – “I don’t think he is a good player”

Former Celtic star Ramon Vega reckons the Scottish Treble winners need to persevere in their bid to get rid of his fellow countryman Albian Ajeti.

Vega reckons Ajeti was a disastrous signing in 2020 when Celtic spent £5million to bring him from West Ham – insisting he was never good enough, having already proved to be a disastrous signing for the London club.

Albian Ajeti of Celtic reacts after he scoresl during the Cinch Premiership match between Celtic and Ross County on September 11, 2021. Photo Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Now the former Tottenham defender turned football business consultant has delivered a brutal verdict on the 26-year-old who has reportedly been offered a percentage pay-off to rip up his contract which still has a year to run. Reports this morning state that Ajeti has rejected this offer and instead plans to sit out the final year of his contract at Celtic, despite being told that he will not be part of Brendan Rodgers’ plans for the new season.

Ajeti was on loan at Sturm Graz in Austria last season, but they don’t want to make a permanent deal.

Speaking to altindex, Ramon Vega had this to say about Albian Ajeti. “I don’t think he is a good player in the first place. He’s certainly not good enough to play for Celtic, he wasn’t good enough to play for West Ham and he wasn’t good enough to play for Sturm Graz.

“The only place where he played to a decent level was Switzerland with Basel so he should go back there. That can be the way of it sometimes. You find a place where you can play.

“I know he has been capped, but I was surprised my former international team-mate Murat Yakin called him up. For me he is not national team standard.

Albian Ajeti during the Premiership match at Livingston.: Photo Andrew Milligan

“You never have a guarantee that a player will be successful, so he is one that Celtic need to get rid of – and they have a few like that.

“However, the squad Brendan Rodgers has inherited is very strong.”

Earlier today the Scottish Daily Mail reported on the contract termination discussions that have been taking place between Celtic and Ajeti and his representatives. “It’s understood that Ajeti and his agent have so far rejected Celtic’s offer to pay up a percentage of his remaining year – a la Vasilis Barkas – and, as things stand, he plans to sit tight.”

And while Brendan Rodgers is looking at bringing in new signings he has also spoken about the need to reduce the overall squad size and will be trying next week to intensify efforts to do just that with the players who are already deemed surplus to requirements. Albian Ajeti certainly is within that category.

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  1. Absolute wage thief , and no doubt Liewell and Lennon got a cut … things going on behind the scenes 98% of football supporters will never know .

  2. William Melvin on

    If he wants to abide by his contract terms then that is his right.
    However,Celtic can make life as uncomfortable for his as possible without violating employment law.
    Any persistent misdemeanours by the player can be viewed as maliciously breaking their terms of employment.
    Make his final year a fuckin misery by bringing him in to train like a dog st different times of the day etc.
    There are ways to make him sorely regret this decision to malinger.