Kris Ajer was at it again last night for Celtic.

After being, by some distance, our best player at Ibrox before the Dubai debacle, the Norwegian was again the standout at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

There wasn’t much to like about last night’s 2-2 draw in West Lothian. However, Ajer’s performance was by far the biggest plus-point.

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Operating at right-back in place of Jeremie Frimpong, he was our main attacking threat. Indeed, big Kris consistently stormed beyond the Livingston defence and got several decent balls into the box.

His end product could’ve been better, but he was the one breaking the lines. And all throughout the 90 minutes too. Even after Livingston had equalised, he put in a great low ball across the fact of goal that resulted in no takers.

Then, for some bizarre reason, the manager hooked him. Yup, our best attacking outlet was hauled off to make way for Frimpong. Jeremie was on for the final 13 minutes and failed to beat his man once.

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Kris Ajer bossed it again for Celtic….before being taken off

It would’ve made a lot more sense had Lennon decided to hook the once again ineffective Ryan Christie. If he wanted Frimpong on, which wasn’t a bad idea at the time, then he should’ve been teaming him up with Ajer on that right side. Not replacing him. You can bet the Livingston defence will have been breathing sigh of relief after that.

In truth, Ajer must be getting sick of this. I’m aware he generally splits the support. Maybe I’m one of those guilty of not being able to see past him. But he, for me, has consistently looked a level above some of the players alongside him.

Kristoffer Ajer in action for Celtic against Livingston

Kristoffer Ajer in action for Celtic in Livingston (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

How the likes of Christie or even Shane Duffy stayed on the pitch last night is pretty incredible. Why we waited, once again, until 70 minutes to make a substitution is also bewildering. Remember, we get five subs this season and it takes us that long to make one of them.

Ajer also showed more emotion than anyone else last night too. Whenever a cross doesn’t come off for him or he misses an opportunity, you can see what it means to him. He gets genuinely disappointed with himself. It’s almost a relief to see that level of hurt coming from a Celtic player in this grim season.

And supporters were certainly keen to hail Ajer last night before the wild decision to take him off. Here’s a look at some of the reaction:

 

In other news, John Hartson sent a late-night tweet as he reacted to Celtic’s latest on-field blunder.

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