The agent that Celtic manager Neil Lennon criticised in March has lost Kristoffer Ajer as a client heading into the summer transfer window, The Scottish Sun reports.

Tore Pedersen gave controversial comments to Scottish media a few months ago (Scottish Sun), stating that Ajer was sure to be leaving Celtic ahead of the new season.

However, Lennon furiously hit back at that assertion, telling The Daily Record on 13th March: “I’ve heard about the comments and I’m aware of it. At the end of the day the club will decide when players go, not agents or players themselves.

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“Kris has never made any indication he wants to leave. He’s happy here, he has been playing very well, he has been very consistent.

“I think the agent has shot himself in the foot there. We have Kris tied down to a long-term contract so we’ll decide and not anyone else. There hasn’t been any interest in him that I’m aware of, certainly no one has called me about him.”

Transfer rumours have swirled around Ajer for a number of months as a result but the young defender has now ditched Pederson in the wake of stirring all this up, albeit for unknown reasons.

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The agent told The Scottish Sun today: “My contract with Kris expired this May. Why wasn’t it renewed? Kris must answer about his choice, if he wants to. Did I want to renew? Yes of course. Kris is a brilliant guy, and a very good central defender.

“I have followed his career since he was 15 years old. I wish him all the best in the future.”

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer / (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

What this means for Ajer’s future is uncertain but it’s reported by the paper he is set to sign up with Dutch agency SEG who represent stars such as Memphis Depay and Daley Blind, according to Transfermarkt.

Celtic are said to be hoping to keep the Norwegian international around for our ten-in-a-row push next season.

With Ajer playing 49 matches last term, Lennon clearly sees him as an integral part of this successful Hoops team.

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