CELTIC’S £5million new Bhoy Albian Ajeti is looking forward to teaming up again with his former Basel team-mate Mohamed Elyounoussi at the champions.

However, the 23-year-old Switzerland international striker can’t say the same about ex-colleague Cedric Itten who joined Rangers last week.

The pair came through the same youth ranks at the Swiss outfit and were close mates.

But Ajeti insists they are now the best of enemies following their recent transfer activity which has placed them at opposite ends of Glasgow’s so-called Great Divide.

The frontman, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We were good friends in the academy, so it is weird that we are rivals now.

“But this is football.

“Will I meet up with him in Glasgow? I don’t think so!

“I know Moi, obviously we had a chat and he tried to get me to sign for Celtic.

“It wasn’t needed though. I didn’t need to be persuaded to sign for such a big club. We spoke more about the city and the life here in Glasgow.”

Ajeti, who spent a frustrating season at West Ham following an £8million move 13 months ago, admitted he does not regtert the London experience after being bought by Manuel Pellgrini and dumped by Davie Moyes.

He said: “It was a good experience. I would say this was a year of learning, of improving mentally. I didn’t play as much as I expected so it was a year of learning. It is not always easy to sign for a football club when there are changes like we had last year at West Ham.

“It’s hard to say because you don’t know what could have happened. I just think the work I did there was good, but every manager has different system of football and you have to understand it because not everyone is the same.

“It is always hard for a new manager to get the best out of the team. This is football.

“But it is how it is and I am happy to be at Celtic.”

Ajeti added: “There is no better place to play Champions League football than Celtic, with these fans.

“Unfortunately, the supporters can’t watch us right now, but as soon as they are back there will be nowhere better.

“The atmosphere in the stadium will be amazing and it would be great to play games in the top competition.”

Ajeti, who was born in Albania, added: “People from Kosovar really support Celtic, so I have known about Celtic since I was a small boy.

“They have a fanbase there and the President of Albania is a huge fan, so we actually grew up knowing about the club.

“This is the perfect club for me.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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