Former Celtic striker Harald Brattbakk has heavily praised defender Kristoffer Ajer, suggesting he could choose to follow in Henrik Larsson’s footsteps and stay at the club for a number of years yet, The Scottish Sun report.
Ajer’s agent gave controversial comments to media outlets last week suggesting that the centre-half will be looking to leave Glasgow this summer rather than stay at the Hoops and sign a new contract (The Glasgow Times).
It’s not exactly the kind of thing you want to hear from a player’s camp at this point of the season and didn’t exactly go down well with Neil Lennon.
Brattbakk, who has followed the player’s career for years from his native homeland Norway to now, has described him as a ‘brilliant’ defender who can go to the very top of the game.
However, he reckons the 21-year-old could also devote much of his career to the Hoops, despite his chancing agent.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “If they want to move on then it’s possible. I don’t think Kris is the kind of guy that needs that to have a good career.
“Maybe, like Henrik, he can stay here for a few more years. But then the money is a big issue.
“I heard Van Dijk doubled his salary going to Southampton and then he doubled it again at least when he moved to Liverpool.”
As noted in the comments, it’s a different world these days in football compared to Larsson’s peak.
Although there was a financial disparity between the Hoops and big clubs back then, it was nowhere near as pronounced as now.
Ultimately Celtic went out of their way to ensure that the Swedish legend was incredibly well compensated at the Hoops and whether we’d push the boat out for Ajer is up for debate.
He has a lot of potential and is valued by the manager, but is he the kind of player we’d build an entire team around?
I’m not so sure.
It seems his long-term future at the club could well be decided over the coming months, so it’ll be fascinating to see how it all pans out.