Former Rangers star Barry Ferguson has omitted Celtic hero Kristoffer Ajer from his Young Player of the Year vote for a bizarre reason.
The PFA Player of the Year awards will be held on May 5th. Therefore, there are just two weeks before we find out who the players in Scotland believe is their greatest opponents.
One of the categories, as is the case every year, is the Young Player of the Year award. This can be given to any player below the age of 23. Ajer, meanwhile, is only 21-years-old, and has arguably become Celtic’s number one centre-back.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised, but Ferguson has decided to go with his nephew Lewis for the top young player. The Aberdeen starlet has made a positive impression at Pittodrie, but Rangers icon Ferguson had this to say on Ajer – explaining why he left the Norwegian out to PLZ Soccer.
“I will say, I’m missing Ajer there – that’s my fault. I’m disappointed with myself for the simple fact is I actually thought Ajer was a lot older, so Ajer would have been on.
“I’m shocked that he’s 20 (he’s actually 21). I know my football, that’s why I was surprised. If he keeps playing the way he’s playing, Celtic are going to get a lot of money for him.”
Not even a contest this year
To even put Ferguson in the same bracket as Ajer is embarrassing. The Celtic centre-back has had a simply sensational campaign for a player with so little experience.
Ferguson has had a productive campaign at Aberdeen too, but he’s shown immaturity at times. For example, his sending off against Celtic at Hampden almost two weeks ago was a disgrace of a challenge. That’s not the kind of immaturity you see from Ajer.
Ajer has managed to pick up just one red card in 43 games this term. That was simply for a last-man challenge where the Norwegian made a judgment call against St Johnstone with the game already won. He hasn’t ever shown recklessness in his work, and has become a fundamental part of Celtic’s back-line this season.
The likes of Ferguson, Scott McKenna, and Stuart Findlay should all be in the running. They’ve all impressed this season along with talents like Glenn Middleton and, of course, Kieran Tierney. But none of them have come close to matching Ajer’s consistency this term.
When the awards bash occurs on May 5th, Ajer has to be the favourite. If he isn’t, you have to wonder what he needs to do to get it.