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Lennon gives surprise explanation for striker’s absence

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has revealed that Albian Ajeti missed today’s match due to fatigue. Ismaila Soro suffered from the same issue away to four matches ago and hasn’t started a game since.

Ajeti arrived from West Ham after the season had started, after a season spent on the bench with the London side his initial appearances were brief but showed an obvious knack for finding the net.

With Leigh Griffiths struggling to last 90 minutes Ajeti joined Odsonne away to as Celtic returned to winning ways with both strikers on the score sheet.

The Swiss striker was cited by the for simulation but after winning their appeal to allow Ajeti to play he spend 90 minutes on the bench against St Johnstone.

Speaking before the match to BBC Scotland, Lennon said:

Albian Ajeti is feeling a bit fatigued, so we go for a bit of rotation and looked fresh and energetic when he came on the other night. We respect St Johnstone. I’ve always admired their mentality but I hope we take the game to them as best we can.

scored twice today to give Celtic full points making it goals in each of his last six appearances, taking his club total for the season to 20 goals.

Ajeti played 90 minutes at on February 2, 68 minutes at home to Motherwell on February 6 and 68 minutes away to on February 10.

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