By Alan Hutton

10th Sep, 2021 | 8:00pm

Pundit suggests Celtic taking hit on 'big-money signing' after Ajeti reveal

Alan Hutton has suggested Celtic would have been willing to take a financial hit by selling Albian Ajeti during the summer transfer window.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Swiss striker has failed to capitalise on the opportunities he has been handed with the Bhoys.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider the 24-year-old is set to be frozen out at the club following the arrivals of Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgios Giakoumakis.

The Hoops are understood to have been willing to listen to both loan and permanent offers for Ajeti.

As such, a number of European clubs spoke with Celtic in the summer window regarding a temporary deal.

However, no agreement could be reached before the August 31 deadline.

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Hutton suggested Celtic would have preferred a permanent deal to recoup some of the £4.5million-plus spent on his capture.

“He was a big-money signing, but let’s be honest – it’s not quite worked out,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“It’s not like he’s not had the chances to come in and prove his worth.

“He’s been given opportunities and he’s scored some goals, but he’s not quite hit the heights that everybody thought he would.

“It’s a difficult situation for him.

“If Celtic could have offloaded him in the summer, they probably would have in order to try and recoup some of that money.

“He has to be committed to the cause at Celtic and show he’s worthy of a starting place.”

Ajeti joined from West Ham in 2020 and scored six goals in 36 games across all competitions last term.

The striker has made 11 senior appearances for Switzerland, scoring once.

In other news, this ex-manager has insisted the return of Christopher Jullien from injury will be “massive” for Celtic.