Celtic coach John Kennedy has given a low down on the last-gasp Kristoffer Ajer tackle from Sunday.

At the dire stages of the game the big Norwegian got his long legs in the way of Joe Worrall’s goal-bound shot.

Eagle-eyed fans noticed the 20-year-old’s over the top celebrations to stop his team conceding an equaliser.

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However, Kennedy has revealed that he does it all the time.

Ajer does celebration in five-a-side, says Kennedy

The former Celtic centre-back turned First Team Coach knows a thing or two about a tackle.

The once Hoops hopeful put many of them in for the club during his short playing career which was blighted by injury.

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John Kennedy playing for Celtic. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Kennedy though reveals that Ajer’s celebration isn’t a new thing.

He told the Daily Record: “I’ve seen him do that in training in five v fives.


“He sometimes gets stick for it but that’s his passion. You can see what it means to him and that’s what you want.

Celtic celebrate beating Rangers at full-time. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“That tackle shows his passion for the game and what it means to stop them scoring a goal at that vital moment.”

Ajer plays through his obstacles

The Norwegian international wears his heart on his sleeve and is a warrior when it comes to playing.

An early cut to his eye only took some Vaseline and glue before coming back on to complete the game.

He also played on a couple of weeks ago in Dundee with a suspected concussion.

Injury visible during full-time melee between players. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Whenever injury does beat him, the defender always appears to be furious as he loves playing.

The Hoops had already seen early glimpses of Ajer but now it is becoming more regular.

Since Filip Benkovic’s long-term injury, his replacement is stepping up to the mark.

Now, with Benkovic heading back to Leicester and Dedryck Boyata at the end of his contract, the Norwegian can become The Bhoys’ first choice centre-back.

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