Alex McLeish has suggested Albian Ajeti may look to quit Celtic this summer after being axed from the squad against Rangers.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, questioned the attitude of the 24-year-old in training following his fall down the pecking order at Parkhead.
As quoted by the Daily Record, interim manager John Kennedy confirmed he had chosen to leave Ajeti out for tactical reasons.
The £5million summer signing was also left out of the Switzerland squad for the current international break.
Ajeti has not featured at all since Kennedy’s temporary appointment, although he was on the bench against Aberdeen and Dundee United.
His last league start came back in a 1-0 win over Aberdeen in mid-February.
McLeish suggested Kennedy may not have been happy with Ajeti’s performances on the training ground.
He also touted a potential exit for the 11-cap international this summer.
McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “No player has the satisfaction of being left out.
“Not one player I’ve ever met enjoys that. Unless he’s going through a bad time and thinks: ‘Thank goodness I’ve not got that pressure this week.’
“These guys want to play every week. If it’s not the club they’re at, it’ll be somewhere else.
“He’s kind of huffed and puffed a bit in his performances. Celtic and Rangers need nucleus players week in, week out. They need to perform week in, week out.
“Maybe they’ve not seen that in training, as well as in the games. Training is a very important part of your week and of your career.
“The manager sees what kind of attitude you’ve got to training.”