Celtic fans leap to Kristoffer Ajer's defence after baseless Hugh Keevins dig

By David Walton

September 17, 2020

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.

Kristoffer Ajer is in fine form (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

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:


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.

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

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.

In other news, a BBC Sportsound pundit has questioned Neil Lennon’s popular Celtic change.