Kristoffer Ajer’s form most certainly took a dip last month, and that’s exactly why now is the time to get him tied to us for the long-term.
The Celtic defender struggled in both matches against Rangers in December, and didn’t look as authoritative as he had done earlier on in the campaign. Despite that, he’s remained a constant under Neil Lennon. Ajer has played a fine 36 times under the current gaffer (Transfermarkt).
The big centre-back has been giving out all the right signs about enjoying his time at the club too. He stated in the Scottish Sun recently that he was loving life here and that he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
His form hasn’t halted the odd bit of January speculation either unfortunately. The Scotsman has claimed that AC Milan and Leicester are both still interested in the Norwegian.
But Celtic could do with dealing him in now in the event of his form improving and more clubs being interested either in the summer or 12 months down the line.
The longer Ajer is contracted here, the more money we’ll get
There will come a day when the club sells Ajer. It’s inevitable. At the end of the day, that’s what Celtic do. We buy low and sell high, and it’s that kind of business model that has seen us dominate Scottish football for eight years.
However, it would look a lot better for Celtic if Ajer was contracted to the club for four years as opposed to two come the summer-time. That would ramp up his value further, and any interested parties over the next few years would be forced to pay top dollar for him.
It’s difficult to say whether the interest in Ajer would be higher this month had he performed better against Rangers. There’s no denying he’s going through a dodgy patch though, and tying him down whilst he’s going through that kind of spell could be ideal.
It would allow us to secure him for a further few years whilst the interest is cool. It could be much more difficult to do that in the summer after a stunning run of form that’s seen him attract a host of suitors.
It’s not an essential piece of business for the club to get done of course. You can see why there are other more pressing priorities in January.
But if we’re able to get Ajer tied down longer whilst his enjoyment for the club is at its peak, it would certainly be worth doing.