Kristoffer Ajer has made light of his recent injury after successfully undergoing surgery on his broken eye-socket.

The Norwegian defender posted on his Instagram page saying he now feels like a ‘proper defender.’

The youngster was recently struck down at Livingston after a nasty clash of heads leaving him with a broken eye-socket.

Ajer receives treatment for his injury. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

There is no current timetable for Ajer’s return but Brendan Rodgers said after the match it may be ‘a long time’ before Ajer returns.

The centre-half had only returned from injury in recent weeks, and hailed the clubs medical staff for their efforts.

The youngster making light of his recent cruel luck is a sign that the injury may not be as serious as first predicted.

Everyone who saw the sickening clash of heads, and Ajer’s reaction, would have feared the worst.

Ajer is a rising star at both club and international level. (Photo by Trond Tandberg/Getty Images)

His return to the team had been low-key due to the form of Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic.

However with Boyata being suspended for the Betfred Cup semi final, Ajer was called upon.

He competed well against a physical Hearts team and helped secure a clean sheet for his team.

With this injury set to rule him out for a few months at least, Celtic need someone to step up.

Jack Hendry must make the step up sooner rather than later. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

The next man in line

That someone could be Jack Hendry. The ex-Dundee man has been much maligned since his £1.5m move last January.

Rodgers fought long and hard to secure his signature, and Hendry has featured in big games for Celtic.

He has been out of the side recently through injury. However he is part of the Scotland squad for their upcoming double header.

With Ajer out for the foreseeable future, it’s make or break time for Hendry already.

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