Many in the Celtic support are encouraging the club not to do a deal with AC Milan this summer for Kristoffer Ajer.

Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph tweeted that the Serie A giants are looking to make contact early this week, with a reported £15million bid being prepped.

Celtic's Kristoffer Ajer, linked with a move to AC Milan

Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer, linked with a move to AC Milan (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

It effectively reignites what has been a bit of a recurring transfer rumour over the course of the window so far. Milan were previously linked with an interest in Ajer last month too (Sky Sports).

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However, plenty of Celtic fans want the club to keep the centre-back with 10-in-a-row at stake. Here’s a look at some of the reaction from the support:

 

Ajer has never shown a desire to leave through performance levels

Ajer comes in for a lot of criticism, and at times rightly so.

On Saturday against Livingston for example, there was no real need for the big Norwegian to go to ground and put himself in a position to give away a hand-ball. Even if the decision was harsh, it was a tad needless from the former Start man.

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However, it’s so easy to forget that Ajer is actually only 22. He has pretty much unlimited potential at this point, and has been gaining regular first-team experience at Celtic since he was 19.

He can play out from the back, can be aggressive when he wants to, and has plenty of European and international experience under his belt. In other words, he’s a big asset.

Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer

Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer (Photo by Silvia Lore/Getty Images)

Celtic are in a strong enough position here with his contract ending in 2022. Better yet, Ajer hasn’t shown any desire to leave through his performance levels. Regardless of the speculation surrounding his future, he puts a lot of responsibility on himself to get Celtic going.

Neil Lennon has also commented on the speculation already. Speaking to BBC Scotland, Lenny said: “It’s disappointing on the day of the game that comes out. That can be unsettling for a player. But I thought, particularly second half (vs Livingston), he had a real strong game and we don’t want to sell him.”

This is exactly the stance the club should be taking. Ajer is currently invaluable to the current 3-5-2 set-up. Losing him would put us in a desperate position as we edge closer and closer to the closure of the transfer window.

In other news, Albian Ajeti has provided supporters with a promising update on his fitness levels after a fourth domestic goal in five games.

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