Celtic fans have been lauding Kristoffer Ajer’s display at the Mestalla against Valencia.
Despite playing the second half with 10 men, the Hoops defended heroically to come away with their pride well intact. A 3-0 aggregate loss meant that they lost out just 1-0 on the night to the La Liga giants.
Much of that was down to the performance of Ajer. The Norwegian youngster dealt with plenty of individual battles against the likes of Goncalo Guedes and Ruben Sobrino. His display was full of hard work, and the defender was on the deck at full-time – showing how much graft he had put in.
And supporters were quick to sing the praises of the defender after the game. Giving their post-match reaction on Twitter, fans were full of appreciation for Ajer.
Jonny Hayes top class. Ajer has been a warrior. Ye can accept this result given our level of performance – tie was over in the first leg. Quadruple not to be but a treble will do nicely.
— Kieran Caw (@Kieran_Celtic) February 21, 2019
Ajer has alerted every Spanish club to his attributes tonight!
— StMiley (@StMiley) February 21, 2019
Ajer is a fantastic player btw. What a shift he’s put in..Broony and wee Johnny Hayes tae 👌
— 💚 Celtic 💚 (@Con_Shaunnery) February 21, 2019
Apart from that "heid-like-a-thruppenny-bit' header, big Kris Ajer has been absolutely fantastic tonight
— ☯CarlJungleBhoy❋ (@CarlJungleBhoy) February 21, 2019
Ajer is the future. Should be a starter for the rest of the season for me.
— Timothy Leary (@sharko67) February 21, 2019
Johnny Hayes take a bow. Gives absolutely everything for the team! Few should take a leaf out his book! Ajer been brilliant tonight!
— Josh Spence (@joshspence1) February 21, 2019
Ajer will be our best player within the next 3 seasons.
— Aldo (@gauldygauld) February 21, 2019
Just send big Ajer into court to defend anyone accused of battering Spanish polis. Rock solid tonight
— Matthew McGrath (@McGrath130899) February 21, 2019
Kristofer Ajer has been an absolute Titan this evening
— Future Mrs Weah 💅🏽 (@diwalshio) February 21, 2019
Difficult to pick a partnership after last night
Ajer was sensational last night. But, he certainly wasn’t the only one at the back either. Both Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic put in terrific defensive displays and made some heroic blocks to keep Celtic in the tie.
It’s difficult to pick two standouts and select them for Sunday based on tonight. All three men were simply outstanding against the likes of Sobrino and latterly Kevin Gameiro.
Playing with 10 men, Celtic seriously needed their backline to step up. After Jeremy Toljan was sent off, all three of the Hoops defenders had to be composed and confident in their work. It’s fair to say that all three of them were.
This was Ajer’s 31st appearance of the season. Whilst he could’ve notched an opener when he glanced Ryan Christie’s free-kick wide, he is becoming such a promising talent in the Celtic squad.
Fortunately, the Norwegian signed a new contract at Parkhead back in May. Ajer is now tied to the club until the summer of 2022. Considering his growth is starting to accelerate nicely, this is sensational news for the Hoops.
Ajer made a big step in his progression in Spain. He defended the club last night with determination and aggression, and fans absolutely loved it.