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‘His best is still to come’ Ajeti will be next Celtic star – Dixie Deans

Scottish PremiershipCeltic'His best is still to come' Ajeti will be next Celtic star - Dixie Deans
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Four goals in his first five games, is some start to life at Celtic Park – and Dixie Deans believes that Ajeti’s ‘best is still to come’.

As he remains unconvinced and wants to see his caliber in European matches, before fully judging him.

Dixie Deans was brought to Celtic by Jock Stein for £17,500 from Motherwell, and scored 124 goals in 184 games over five years at the club.

He said: “People are telling me Ajeti is this and he’s that, that he’s great.

“I’ve not seen all of his games, I’ll admit. But what I have seen of him so far I think he’s an OK player.

“In fairness, Ajeti has been scoring goals and let’s be honest, that’s the bottom line if you’re a Celtic striker.

“But I’m not seeing a great player at the moment.

“Ajeti’s not been here for long, though, and you have to give him credit for getting the goals he has early into his time at the club. That takes pressure off him.

“I joined Celtic from  Motherwell and was suspended for a few weeks. But fortunately, I managed to get goals when I started playing and I never looked back.

“When I eventually got the  jersey I did the business and did well for the club in my five years  there.

“I was cocky back then.  I thought I’d always make it at Celtic. It’s fair to say  that I was a confident person!

“But you have to have that about you when you play  for Celtic or Rangers. If you don’t believe in yourself  you’ll go the other way, you’ll  go downhill.

“To play with the guys I did was unbelievable — Billy McNeill, Jimmy Johnstone, Bobby Lennox, Bobby Murdoch. After a bit I told myself, ‘My God, I must be not a bad player’. I had great times at Celtic.

“But you have to prove yourself over a longer period.

“Ajeti’s a decent player and a good striker, don’t get me wrong. But I think we need to see what he does over the whole season before we start raving about him. Hopefully, his best is still to come.

“Ajeti’s still settling in and  it’s a promising start, but I want to see more from him.

“You have to give him time and hopefully he’ll be playing every week.

“Reputations are made at Celtic when you do it in the big games in Europe or  particularly against Rangers. That’s when you show it. That’s what it’s all about and hopefully Ajeti will.

“There’s no point in being a brilliant player as a striker but not being able to put the ball in the net. Ajeti’s at least putting the ball  in the net. Let’s see how his game develops.

“As a Celtic striker all you need to do to keep the fans happy is put the ball in the net.

“I like Klimala. I know he’s  not scored as many goals, but there’s something about him. He’ll eventually do the business for Celtic.

“He puts himself about and he works hard. I like that.

“But, listen, it’s only my  opinion. Let’s see what happens with him and Ajeti.

“Bottom line is I want every player to be successful at Celtic.”

Deans added, about Edouard: “I hate to say it, but I’m beginning to think he’ll be going.

“Like every Celtic fan, I’d love him to stay. We all know how important a player he is. My gut feeling is he wants to go.

“I know he’s been scoring goals this season, but I don’t think he’s been playing that well.

“I don’t think he’s the same player he’s been. I may be wrong about Edouard leaving. I hope I am. But it’s just my opinion.

“You hear plenty of talk of clubs coming in for him.

“In fairness to the boy, he’s  still being very professional about everything. You have to applaud him for that.

“But I’m not getting the impression he’s happy playing here any more.

“In recent weeks he’s not looked the same guy for me.

“I’ve felt for a few months he’s looking to go.

“But I would think he’ll be back in the team for Thursday night’s game in Latvia.”

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