Kris Ajer made a huge blunder last night that nearly cost Celtic two points.

The big Norwegian allowed a Scott Bain pass to roll across him at Tynecastle against Hearts. He was immediately put under pressure by Arnaud Djoum, and subsequently lost possession before taking out Djoum in the box.

Hearts scored the resulting penalty, and only a late Odsonne Edouard volley secured the three points and saved Ajer’s blushes.

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Kristoffer Ajer nearly cost us last night (Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

The incident seemed to niggle away at Ajer. Lennon could see after the final whistle that the defender still looked down about the penalty concession. And from that, he decided to gee him up in brilliant fashion.

Take a look below at these terrific images from full-time. Lennon and Ajer share a brilliant moment at 0:42.


So much passion in one video

Ajer can clearly be seen looking a little disappointed in himself. For those who can’t make out what Lenny is saying to him, it seems to be something along the lines of “Fantastic, fantastic. Don’t worry about it, it’s not your fault!”.


Of course, the big Norwegian wasn’t the only one to get some cuddles from the new interim manager. Lennon made sure to go around each and every member of the team and make them feel good about themselves.

It’s just terrific to see. Celtic needed that from the new manager. To be honest, the post-match celebrations were perhaps even just as important as the three points themselves.

Neil Lennon’s return was welcomed by Craig Levein last night (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

All in one night, Celtic just seemed to have an added layer of passion on their bench and on the pitch. The exuberance shown at full-time was exactly what we’ve been craving. Lennon deserves massive credit for rallying the players after what simply had to be the most challenging of periods.

There’s no rest for the weary, however. Lennon’s troops will take another journey to Edinburgh on Saturday, this time to face Hibernian in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

At the very least, we at least know the players are going to be heading into that one buzzing with themselves.

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