Defender Christopher Jullien is enjoying playing alongside Kristoffer Ajer at Celtic and has lauded his progress as a defender, The Daily Record reports.
Ajer has been a mainstay in the Bhoys first-team squad for a number of seasons now so it’s easy to forget he only turned 22 in April and is still in the early stages of what should be a long, illustrious career.
Signed by Ronny Deila back in 2016 after a Lennoxtown trial, he initially arrived as a midfielder but was quickly retrained as a centre-half, gaining vital experience out on loan at Kilmarnock.
Now he is forming a partnership with major 2019 signing Jullien and the two look like they’ll be the go-to defensive unit this season.
The Frenchman is more than OK with that.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “It’s amazing what he is doing when you consider his age. He is already an international player.
“He has already won an incredible number of trophies in his career and he will go on to win more. I could say so many things about him. He’s such an accomplished player. He’s tall, he’s fast, he knows how to pass the ball, he knows how to play the game.
“I enjoy playing alongside him. He’s no doubt one of the best centre-backs I have played alongside and he’s still so young.”
Endorsements don’t come much stronger and Celtic fans will be hoping the duo can sharpen up as a partnership even more and find real consistency on the quest for ten-in-a-row.
Both are massive physical presences in the defensive line but, as Jullien alludes, are comfortable passing the ball about and helping transition into attack.
It was Jullien’s through ball for Patryk Klimala that led to his first Celtic goal on Sunday.
Ajer is regularly in the headlines as a potential transfer target for clubs in bigger leagues but I’m hoping we can get him to commit to at least one more contract and find out how good he can really become.