ALBIAN AJETI has revealed he’s had some brutal conversations with the manager and heart to hearts which culminated in his start at Rugby Park on Tuesday night.

The Swiss striker won a penalty and got on the scoresheet to help the team to a 4-0 win on the night.

Albian has not done much since he burst onto the scene when he first arrived. After scoring 5 goals in 6 games, the player faded away and didn’t get many bites at the cherry to get back into form.

Kilmarnock was his first proper chance since September. He had a slow first half but he upped his game in the second to make it count.

Neil Lennon keeping Albian on instead of subbing him off with 15 minutes to go was the right call, the frontman grabbed his goal and took it really well late in the game.

Albian is a goalscorer and he needs to be fed in order to get among the goals, if the players around him can do the hard work, Albian can certainly be a Hooper like player for the bhoys.

Speaking about his hard times this season, the Hoops forward reveals the conversation and attitude which led to him starting:

“I have to understand it when he says something because he is my manager.” Ajeti told RecordSport. “If somebody expects that from me, I have to try my best to give him that.

“The manager said to just keep working hard and be patient. He said, ‘I know it is a hard time for you. But this is football, this is a part of it’.

“We all know how it works and how it is and I didn’t make a big deal out of it.

“But I am happy now to be back in the team.

“This is what I want and it is what he wants.

“We had a lot of good and honest conversations, but I had been struggling with some injuries and fitness.

“There are many choices you can make, but the best one is just to get your  head down and work harder.

“That’s what I did and even though it took a long time,  I am back, and it’s just about keeping healthy. If I do that, I can do my job.”

The player is sure to get a start against Motherwell on Saturday.


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