It appears the Newcastle fans rate Celtic's Kris Ajer extremely highly

By David Walton

April 29, 2021

Newcastle United fans ahve been showing plenty of admiration for Celtic centre-back Kris Ajer amid the recent rumours.

The Scottish Daily Mail reported today [print edition, 29/04, back page] that Newcastle are stepping up their pursuit of the Norwegian. They claim that the Toon are preparing an £8million offer for Ajer’s services.

However, perhaps the most promising part of the report for Magpies fans is that Ajer is said to have identified the North East as his next destination. The defender believes it’s the best place for him to develop his talent in his next step.

Ajer has been one of the more consistent performers this year. Even though many of his teammates have struggled to produce, Ajer can hold his head up high. He’s played a grand total of 45 games for the club, including last season’s curtailed Scottish Cup semi-finals and final.

The Norwegian was the man who bagged the winning penalty to secure the quadruple-treble against Hearts back in December. And in fairness, that’s the level of responsibility he’s continually taken on at Parkhead.

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Unfortunately, a move this summer is inevitable. He’ll be into the final year of his contract. Not to mention the fact he’s been getting pressurised by his international coaches too [Sunday Post].

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You can’t argue with allowing Ajer the opportunity to spread his wings either. He’s been with Celtic since 2016 after signing from Start. He’s developed considerably since, and has gone on to make over 170 appearances for the club [Transfermarkt].

Sure, he’s prone to the odd error. All players are. And his swash-buckling style at times, which often sees him used as an attacking weapon to open up the space, doesn’t go down well with everyone.

He’s also shown himself to have a tendency to be far too clumsy in the box at times. Grabbing opposition players or committing needless fouls is something he’s still trying to rid from his game. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t quite ready for the next step.

Kris Ajer – a superb talent / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

For the truth is that Ajer is ready to tackle the EPL if he wishes. So long as Newcastle manage to stay up, they’re entitled to feel that they have a good chance of getting him too.

But they’ll also have to come to accept that they’re way off with their valuation. £8m would be an insult, and we’re entitled to expect Celtic to treat it that way. Putting so much into his development, we should be looking for no less than eight-figure sums.

In any case, Ajer has clearly caught the eye of Newcastle fans, with many feeling this would be some deal if they manage to pull it off:

In other news, a Celtic-linked goalkeeper has suffered a broken wrist.