By Alex McLeish

30th Oct, 2020 | 5:00pm

McLeish Exclusive: Lennon is being forced to play £4.5m Celtic player

Alex McLeish has insisted there is more to come from Albian Ajeti after he was “thrown into the lion’s den” at Celtic.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland manager has admitted the 23-year-old has not lived up to expectations at Parkhead in recent weeks.

The Swiss hitman scored five goals in his opening six Premiership games following his transfer from West Ham for an initial £4.5million but has since struggled to make an impact up front.

McLeish insists there has been a lot of pressure on the new arrival, especially in the absence of Odsonne Edouard, and that it will take time for him to adapt to his new surroundings.

McLeish told Football Insider: “Ajeti could come good and flourish. He’s not hit the ground running and when you go to Rangers and Celtic you’re expected to hit the ground running.

“Steven Gerrard’s even sent Roofe and Itten in here and there because they’re probably not up to his full sharpness and feeding them in slowly but Neil had to throw Ajeti into the lion’s den because of injuries, to Edouard specifically.

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“You’re probably hoping more than calculating that he will bring you a worldie 90 minutes and show everybody why he was a target.

“A lot of the guys that come into the British league take time to adapt. I know time is against you when you’re an Old Firm manager but I think there’s got to be more to Ajeti than we’ve seen so far, no doubt about it, there’s more to come from him.” 

The Switzerland international has scored a total of five goals in 12 appearances for the Bhoys so far, although he has started just five of those games.

In other Celtic news, Frank McAvennie claims big-name Celtic favourite giving Lennon a real headache.