The Celtic supporters rallied in their numbers to back Kristoffer Ajer last night after his impressive performance at St Mirren was dismissed by Clyde 1 pundit Hugh Keevins.
Ajer bossed things against Saints as he looked to step out and bring them out of their 10-man defence in yesterday’s 2-1 win. However, he was also solid at the back as he recovered successfully whenever the Buddies tried to exploit space in behind.
Bizarrely, that attracted a petty and baseless did from Clyde’ Keevins for next to no real reason. The Superscoreboard regular questioned that if Ajer is worth £20m, then in what currency would it be in.
You can read his tweet below, as well as the vociferous backing Ajer got from an impressed Celtic fanbase:
When they say Ajer is worth 20 million, which currency are we talking about!
— hugh keevins (@shinjukushug) September 16, 2020
Huge is playing to the gallery. Ajer a cracking player.
— Kevin Hackett (@KevinHa26255509) September 16, 2020
Defending Kris Ajer will be the hill I die on.
— mh (@_MH_67) September 16, 2020
Tell you what though, ajer was class tonight man the bigman can carry the ball through the lines so well
— Matty O'Neill (@mjoneill67) September 16, 2020
Ajer did nothing wrong in that game. You're just creating controversy where there's nothing. You and @ClydeSSB are part of the problem when it comes to the sporting media in Scotland. We need an honest media.
— mikkel derricksson (@DERRYMICK) September 16, 2020
You pick Ajer's best performance of the season to say this? https://t.co/rHia5qQ4n8
— Paddy🍀 (@Paddy7_) September 16, 2020
I’m struggling to figure out what Ajer done wrong tonight? This is random from Hugh… https://t.co/dvc22skS2s
— Ryan McGinlay (@TheRyanMcGinlay) September 16, 2020
Come on Shug , he’s 22 and a centre half for Norway, a national team that looks to be on the up . Stop putting down our players, if he was playing in Belgium that would be a normal price. Our league matters , get behind it or get behind 🤷♂️
— Thomas Love (@ThomasL56070931) September 17, 2020
Come on now shug, the boy has been arguably celtic’s best player since been hammered after the ferenvaros game. Not saying hes worth 20 mil tho.
— Tommy Martin (@tommy147w) September 16, 2020
Bizarre tweet. One of Celtic’s better players tonight, strolled the game and defended well. Put the fishing rod away.
— Patrick John Burke (@patjohnburke) September 16, 2020
Ajer an easy target; form doesn’t warrant criticism
Since Ferencvaros, Ajer has been crucial for Celtic. He takes on so much responsibility in Neil Lennon’s team and is always willing to put himself out there to make something happen.
Does he make mistakes? Undoubtedly. Every centre-back does, and for a player who likes to step out from the back-line and play forward balls as opposed to safe ones, he’s an easy target for criticism.
Stat experts WhoScored gave Ajer a rating of 7.26 against St Mirren, so he was hardly poor. He also had more touches than any other Celtic player last night with 140 – eight more than fellow centre-back Shane Duffy. That’s a sign of the responsibility Ajer has in this Hoops team.
Why Keevins decided to take a pretty baseless pop is anyone’s guess. Celtic won the game comfortably enough whilst Ajer was one of our better players. There were plenty of other alternatives for the Clyde 1 man to criticise – his focus on Ajer comes across as bizarre.
Regardless, we all know what he have in big Kris. He’s a real talent, and at only 22 years of age, the sky is the limit for him. Here’s hoping he stays for the 10.