Kristoffer Ajer looks back on the loan move that made him into a player

By John Reid

February 22, 2020

Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer feels that the half-season he spent on loan at Kilmarnock a few seasons ago made him as a player, the Evening Times reports.

Ajer spent the second-half of season 2016-17 on-loan at Rugby Park, making 17 apperances, and he feels that was a huge benefit to his progress as a player as he gets set to face his old team in league duty at Celtic Park on Sunday.

“I was young when I went there but it was important for my career. I went there and played nearly every single game as a centre half” Ajer said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“Stood me in good stead”

“Everyone was very positive, and they gave me a lot of good feedback from the manager. It stood me in good stead for where I am today.”

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer (Photo by Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images)

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Ajer, who is still only 21, had spent time playing as a midfielder before making the loan switch to Kilmarnock. However, the time he spent on loan at Rugby Park as a centre-back has impacted his career.

At Celtic, he has only ever been a centre-back, with a few diversions to right-back should the Hoops have injury issues.

Has thrived at the Hoops

He has thrived in the centre-back role for the Hoops, and has been a first-team regular for the last few seasons, firstly under Brendan Rodgers, and now under Neil Lennon.

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer / (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

That is testament to how well he has played for the Hoops in recent years, that he has managed to keep his place in the team despite some serious competition.

Ajer is still at the start of his career, he can only get better as a player, and arguably it was those six months at Kilmarnock that made him the player he is today.

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