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.
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).
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:
I’d probably keep him. I’d like to see how he plays with Duffy beside him. https://t.co/rCHFuu9fVB
— LAC (@LAC_CFC) September 19, 2020
— USA Celtic FC (@USACelticFC) September 19, 2020
Really don’t get how the exact same people pushing for a 352 can sit there and say they’ll happily take 15 million for the most pivotal player in our defence. Without Ajer, the defence is useless. Same old story though, you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. https://t.co/wHR9alDvRe
— . (@_RH88_) September 19, 2020
— Ciaran (@EnemaMutt) September 19, 2020
absolute joke if we let Ajer go btw, unless he himself wants to go https://t.co/daF3u9RIF6
— c 🇮🇪 (@hctelfih) September 18, 2020
People acting like the £15m is going to be split 52,000 ways between ST holders. Ajer has his faults, but if we don’t replace him then it’s a pointless transfer. https://t.co/qymGTCiv9p
— Chairman Lmao ☭ (@BenTheTim) September 18, 2020
£15m. We can absolutely get far more than that. Our fans love to have a go at him but he has everything clubs at the top level look for in a centre half in 2020. https://t.co/Q3AA5GDMFl
— Conor (@ConorM67_) September 18, 2020
Don't think we'd take £15m but we shouldn't sell regardless the fee. Ben Davies looks to be his replacement in the long term and Preston are looking at £10m for him which we won't pay for someone who has a year left. https://t.co/eNLOnWbNn9
— Jamie (@Jamie67_) September 18, 2020
Hard one,two seasons ago ajer was quality for us, terrible season last year but he can perform when up to it,taking a big chance if we sell him to go out and get another cb with the Window closing in a few weeks and will Lennon Get all the money to do it? https://t.co/zm4JkAMOs1
— Stuham (@StuartH_96) September 18, 2020
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.
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 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.