Frank McAvennie says he would “love to have been in the room” when Celtic sanctioned the transfer of the lacklustre Albian Ajeti.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Parkhead favourite made his comments with Ajeti having played a combined total of 40 minutes across Celtic’s last nine matches.
The Swiss centre-forward made just 12 appearances for former club West Ham United after signing for £8million in August 2019.
He swapped London for Glasgow a year later, with West Ham making a £3.5m loss on a player who failed to find the back of the net on a single occasion in the English top-flight.
McAvennie questioned the player and Celtic’s recruitment of him, insisting that decision-makers should have foreseen Ajeti’s lethargic performances based on his time in the Premier League.
He told Football Insider: “I do not know who signed Ajeti and told Peter Lawwell that the club can make money on him.
“I would love to have been in the room with whoever justified paying £5million for him. How can you justify spending £5million on a player like that, a player who strolled about at West Ham and is now doing the same at Celtic?
“He does not care if he plays or not. I do not get it.”
The Hoops’ recruitment has been under the spotlight recently.
Transfer chief and director of football Nicky Hammond is one of a number of members of the club’s executive branch whose job is under threat, Football Insider understands.