Kristoffer Ajer credits "massive" Celtic as he talks Brentford adjustment

By David Walton

October 27, 2021

Former Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer has talked up the demands at Parkhead as he addressed the step-up from Scottish football to the EPL with Brentford.

Celtic sold Ajer to the London club back in late July with the player entering the final 12 months of his deal in Glasgow. Unsurprisingly, it took the Hoops a bit of time to fill the void given how successful he was here.

Ajer left Scotland with 9 trophy wins and 176 Celtic appearances to his name [Transfermarkt]. Meanwhile, he’s made a fine first impression down south as he’s adapted to life in London superbly well. Undaunted by the challenges posed in England’s top flight, Ajer has looked more than capable against players such as Jamie Vardy, Mo Salah, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang respectively.

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But the Norwegian international has credited his Celtic spell for ensuring a smooth transition to the EPL. Speaking in a featured interview with Brentford’s in-house media team, Ajer said: “It has been great. I think coming from Celtic, it is quite easy to take that step.

“It is a massive club in Glasgow that is expecting you to win every single game. So, it has been easy to adapt to [the Premier League] but also quite challenging with regards to the opposition that you play every weekend.

“So it has been a great learning experience.”

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Ajer has certainly shone in England’s top flight this season. Of course, that won’t be a surprise to the Celtic fans who watched his remarkable progress from an unknown Norwegian midfielder to a vocal centre-back leader.

You also couldn’t grudge Ajer his move to England either. There’s a reason there was no anger from Celtic supporters over this one. For the truth is that he more than paid his dues at Parkhead and earned the move.

He had, in truth, done everything there was to do at Celtic Park. From treble wins to Champions League football, Ajer managed to taste it all. Not to mention he’s become a recognised international with the talented Norwegian setup.

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He may only be 23 but Ajer showed maturity way beyond his years. It felt like he’d been a star at Celtic Park for longer then the 3-and-a-half years in which he was in the first-team.

It’s great to see him performing so positively, and it’s even nicer to hear that he credits Celtic for developing a winning mentality within him.

Undoubtedly, he’ll go from strength to strength down south. Don’t be surprised if he’s at a major EPL club before long. Ajer’s talent is absolutely ridiculous.

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