Frank McAvennie suggests Celtic striker Albian Ajeti faces a race against time to be fit for the Old Firm clash next month after he pulled up at the weekend.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 23-year-old had been a “revelation” since joining the club earlier this summer.

Ajeti was withdrawn after just 37 minutes on Sunday as the Hoops maintained the pressure on league leaders Rangers with a 3-0 victory over Hibernian.

Neil Lennon confirmed after the match that the Switzerland international had suffered a hamstring injury and would likely be out for “a couple of weeks”.

The centre-forward has scored five goals in six Scottish Premiership appearances following his near-£5million arrival from West Ham.

When asked by Football Insider if he was concerned by the injury with the first Old Firm clash of the season fast approaching, McAvennie said:

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“It would be a big blow (if he was to miss the Rangers game). It depends how bad the injury is.

“Ajeti has been getting fitter every week, you can see that he is losing weight. He has done so well since he came in. He has taken that number two spot.

“I do not know if Ajeti will be fit in time to face Rangers. I normally takes three weeks for a hamstring so it will be touch and go whether he makes it or not.

“I hope so though, even if it is just for a place on the bench because we have seen what an impact he can have. He has been a revelation.”

Speaking about Ajeti, Lennon told Celtic TV: “I think it looks like a hamstring for Albian so it could be a couple of weeks.”

The Hoops welcome Rangers to Paradise for the first Old Firm clash of the 2020/21 campaign on 17 October.

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