By Noel Whelan

17th Aug, 2020 | 5:00pm

'Real issue' - Exclusive: Whelan identifies potential 'problem' with latest Celtic signing

Noel Whelan has claimed that Celtic new boy Albian Ajeti will have a “real issue” if he can’t score goals in the Scottish Premiership.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker suggested that the standard of football north of the border is lower than it is in the Premier League, and that the Hoops’ dominance makes them the ideal destination for a striker looking to find a new lease of life.

The 23-year-old failed to register a single goal in 11 appearances over the course of his single season at West Ham.

But after completing a £4.5million rising to £6m switch to Parkhead last week, Whelan has claimed that now is the perfect time for him to rekindle his best form.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “No disrespect to the Scottish Premiership, but it’s a different level of quality you’re going to be coming up against in England.

“You’re not going to be coming up against your international defenders like he was when he signed for West Ham. It’s not worked out for him in England.

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“He’ll find Scottish football different in many ways. Some like to go long, it’s a little bit more robust. But if he doesn’t score goals for Celtic in that league, there’s a real issue.

“With the quality of players Celtic have at their disposal, if you want to find a new lease of life and be at a very good football club playing Champions League football, you have to be scoring or there is a real problem. I’m hoping that his turns out to be a very good move for player and club.”

Despite drawing a blank last season, Ajeti still boasts serious goalscoring pedigree.

The Switzerland international registered 43 goals in 96 appearances during his time with former club FC Basel before making an £8 million switch to the London Stadium last summer.

In other Celtic news, a top pundit has tipped a Premier League star to make the switch to Celtic Park.