Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer has touched on the unusual fines that Scott Brown has been dishing out.
The Norwegian has been at the club for three-and-a-half years, and has become a fans-favourite after solidifying himself as a top centre-back.
However, not since Stefan Johansen left has Ajer had some Norwegian company. Fortunately for him, the loan signing of Mohamed Elyounoussi has brought back that homeland feel for Ajer. But one man who keeps a fair eye on the pair is our captain.
And Ajer, speaking to Norwegian outlet TV2, has touched on the fines Broony has started dishing out for speaking Norwegian!
“It’s always brilliant to get Norwegians up here and be able to speak some Norwegian. We get fines from Scott Brown for talking Norwegian in the Celtic dressing room, so that’s fine, that.
“There are fines every time we speak Norwegian. I’m good at chatting away, so it ends up with Mo having to pay a fine.
“£100 every time you speak Norwegian. And if you come from Southampton and the Premier League, it’s £200.”
Elyounoussi has brought us an added dimension
If there’s one thing Elyounoussi won’t be getting fined for, it’s his performance-levels on the pitch. So far, he’s been gradually growing in confidence and composure on the ball. Against Livingston, he was one of the only performers on the day.
Combined with that, his attitude has been spot on. There’s been no dummies thrown out the pram for not starting some of his earlier games at the club. Instead, he’s knuckled down and earned his place in the side.
Brown, of course, will be doing all he can to help Elyounoussi integrate into the dressing room. Both he and Ajer will play key roles in him settling into life in Glasgow.
Ajer may be going through a rough patch regarding his own form, but he’ll be confident of raising his standards as the season goes on. Having another Norwegian international alongside him will also prove to be a plus.
All three men are going to be key to ensuring we have a successful campaign, However, there remains an intrigue-factor to Elyounoussi that’s difficult to ignore.
The more we see of him, the more excited we’re likely to get. Here’s hoping he tones down the Norwegian when the captain’s around though!