Noel Whelan has tipped Albian Ajeti to start against Ross County on Saturday after he scored his second goal in as many games as Celtic beat Motherwell yesterday.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the 23-year-old may get the nod ahead of Odsonne Edouard who is expected to return from injury next weekend.

Ajeti was used as a second-half substitute once again by Neil Lennon and scored the second goal in a comfortable 3-0 victory at Celtic Park.

The Hoops started with no recognised striker for the second time a week with Ryan Christie entrusted to lead the line as Ajeti and Patryk Klimala watched on from the bench.

Star striker Edouard was sidelined last week with a thigh injury but is expected to be available for Saturday’s trip to Ross County.

When asked by Football Insider if he believed that the French forward would come straight back into the starting eleven, Whelan said:

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“Ajeti might start against Ross County even if Edouard is fit to return. They might give him a bit more time and training to make sure he is properly right before they bring him back in.

“Off the back of a goal it is often difficult to leave a player out and that will be the case with Ajeti. That is what competition is all about. Players need to step up and he has been brought in to provide competition.”

Ajeti arrived at Parkhead for a near £5million fee earlier this month but is yet to make his full debut for the club.

Lennon insisted that the former West Ham striker has not been fit enough to be included from the start.

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