Celtic star Kristoffer Ajer has called on the Hoops’ current crop of youngsters to follow in his footsteps and when possible secure a loan move to a Scottish Premiership side, the Celtic View reports.
Ajer’s career benefited hugely from a loan spell with Kilmarnock back in 2017. He feels that some current Hoops starlets could benefit just as much.
“If you get a chance to go out on loan to a team in the Scottish Premiership it’s really beneficial for young players” Ajer said, as quoted by the Celtic View (Volume 56, Issue 2, Page.12).
“Helped me to get into the team”
“I came back to Celtic a more experienced player and that helped me to get into the team and handle the expectations of playing at that level.”
It will be intriguing to see if Celtic players make a loan move to a Premiership side this season. So far, goalkeeper Ross Doohan has joined Ross County on loan.
That is not really a surprise. Doohan is a player who will find opportunities as a goalkeeper hard to come by at the moment. Therefore, a move is the best thing for him.
However, let’s look two players who briefly featured for the first-team last season, and did well – Scott Robertson and Stephen Welsh.
Hoops duo could do with loan move
Both players could do with a loan move for regular football, in what is an important stage in their careers.
At the moment, neither player will be guaranteed first-team football for Celtic. That could change after a successful loan move. It did for Ajer.
If any Celtic player is in two minds about joining another Scottish Premiership side on loan, they just need to look at how well Ajer has done since his move to Kilmarnock.
It isn’t always easy for young players to break into the Celtic squad. It can take time for them to hold down a place in the first-team squad.
That is why a loan move can benefit, as it would all but guarantee regular first-team football.