Celtic will find out the extent of the injury to Kristoffer Ajer on Monday, and determine whether the Norwegian will be fit to play against AIK.
The 21-year-old was substituted late on in the 2-1 extra-time win over Dunfermline on Saturday. That was after he picked up a shoulder injury. Neil Lennon gave an update on the defender after the game, saying he was confident Ajer was “okay” following the incident.
However, the Daily Record report that it won’t be until Monday when Celtic have an accurate assessment of the situation.
Who could Celtic put in for Ajer if injury is confirmed?
Ajer has been a virtual ever-present for Celtic so far this season. He’s only missed one match for the club when he was rested for our dead-rubber Champions League clash against Nomme Kalju in Estonia.
He’s played ever other minute of the season prior to Saturday’s injury so it’s fair to say he won’t be an easy guy to replace.
The obvious option would be to keep Christopher Jullien in the starting line-up alongside Jozo Simunovic. The big pair both have decent pedigree and should be able to cover for Ajer in a routine European match.
Jullien needs all the game time he can get at the moment. The big Frenchman has looked a little nervy in the Hoops so far but that’s to be expected given the sporadic nature of his appearances. He needs a consistent run of game time now so we can see what he’s all about.