By Alex McLeish

25th Nov, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Celtic 23-yr-old 'Definitely' facing axe after what McLeish has seen

Albian Ajeti is “definitely” under threat of being axed from the Celtic starting XI after his performance against Hibernian on Saturday, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Rangers and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted the return of Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths to fitness means the 23-year-old’s place in the Hoops’ line-up looks in serious doubt ahead of Thursday’s clash versus Sparta Prague.

Ajeti has started the last three league games for Neil Lennon, although it was his striking counterparts who made the desired impact in the 2-2 draw with Hibs.

With Edouard, who missed a handful of games due to a positive Covid-19 test, and Griffiths, who was absent through injury earlier this season, both closing in on full fitness, McLeish admitted the Swiss striker was facing the chop at Parkhead.

Asked if he thought there could be a change up front on Thursday, McLeish told Football Insider: Yeah, definitely. I think Edouard has struggled with his recent form but he notched a couple for the national team, didn’t he, and he’s still to find that spark again.

“Listen, it’s hard to play 10 years, keep winning every year and be brilliant every single week and at some stage, you get these blips, when the team is kind of disrupted with who to choose, changing it every week, trying to find form.

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“Duffy was in there for a couple of weeks and then came out, they have lost a couple of players, then they went straight back in, others have been trying to find their feet and hit the ground running.

“The Old Firm is a really hard task for a footballer if he doesn’t hit the ground running. You can find that you have a long spell of trying to find form or get that elusive goal or be that wonderful defender or be that great goalkeeper to try and appease everybody and, obviously, to enhance your own status again.”

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