McAvennie thought Ajeti was on his way out of Celtic amid 'brilliant' transformation
Frank McAvennie claims the arrival of new strikers at Celtic has given Albian Ajeti a “kick up the backside”.
The Parkhead icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted after the forward bagged a brace at the weekend.
Ajeti wrapped up a 3-0 win over Ross County with two late goals, his first in the league since February.
Ajeti replaced the injured Kyogo Furuhashi and was quoted after the game by Glasgow Times (11 September) as saying “I will score” if handed more starts.
The forward signed for Celtic last summer but had only scored six goals in 36 outings before Saturday’s double.
The arrivals of Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis have bolstered the Hoops’ frontline as Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard departed the club.
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McAvennie insists the new arrivals have forced Ajeti to up his game and backed him to score more goals if he can keep his fitness.
“There’s competition at Celtic now,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“When there is new competition, people up their game and push themselves.
“If he carries on like that he will score goals. Giakoumakis has come over and Kyogo is there as well.
“Those arrivals have clearly given him a wee kick up the backside. He will be getting pushed in training. That can only be good for Celtic.
“He said at the weekend ‘give me games and I’ll score’, that’s all well and good but I’m 61 and I could still score for Celtic.
“If he stays fit and does what Postecoglou says he will score goals.
“I thought he would go this summer so to see him scoring is brilliant.”