Determined Albian Ajeti insists he’s ready to hit the ground running against Hibs after doing the hard yards at Lennoxtown during the international break.
The Hoops hitman admitted he’s not been fully up to speed this season after arriving at Parkhead having missed pre-season and then picking up an injury just when he was finding his groove.
Ajeti has rattled five goals in seven starts for Celtic but has been mainly limited to appearances from the bench under Neil Lennon.
The 23-year-old sat out Switzerland’s Nations League clashes with Spain and Ukraine and the friendly with Belgium and remained in Scotland to work on his fitness.
He is convinced the fortnight Lennoxtown has been just what the doctor ordered and he determined to come back with a bang this weekend when the Premiership gets back underway.
Ajeti, speaking to the Celtic View, said: “For me, this period is very important because it allows me to build my fitness back up. It was the best decision for me to stay here rather than go away with the national team. I lost a couple of weeks when I was injured and I thought this was the right moment to try and get my fitness back to the level it was before the injury.
“Switzerland played a friendly against Belgium and then played Spain and Ukraine in the Nations League. We have already qualified for the Euros but we had a really tough Nations League group with Germany, Spain and Ukraine. There wasn’t a lot we could expect from those games but we did quite well.
“There’s never a great time for an injury but my injury came at a very bad time. Celtic were winning games and I was at the stage where I felt like I could push myself for 90 minutes. It was a bit of a setback but I’m happy to be back now and trying to work on my fitness.
“The training sessions during the international break have been hard sessions. We’ve been doing some long, hard runs to open up the legs and build the fitness up. There aren’t many players here but we’ve still done a lot of work with the ball.
“I hope to be back to full fitness for the Hibernian game but I’ll still need to get a full 90 minutes to know. I’ve been training really well with the staff here and I’m feeling good. The fitness will come with each game.”