Scott Brown's potential move can help Kristoffer Ajer

By Connor Gordon

January 4, 2019

Scott Brown’s potential transfer to Australia would allow Kristoffer Ajer to move back into midfield.

The Norwegian international has played as a centre-back since arriving in 2016. This is due to his large stature and the competition for places in midfield.

However, if Brown leaves the 20-year-old can be eyeing his position.

Ajer can continue improvement in midfield

If Brendan Rodgers decides Brown can go, Ajer can easily slip into the defensive midfield position.

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This was where he made his name as a young hotshot with IK Start in his native land.

Norwegian was bought as a midfielder in 2016 but was quickly moved to a defender. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

His midfield performances won him so much praise that he became captain at 16-years-old.

Furthermore, when Celtic came calling scouts will have been watching Ajer as a midfielder.

It was Ronny Deila and the backroom staff who decided to turn him into a defender as he was raw.

Ronny Deila purchased his fellow countryman in 2016. (Photo by Piotr Hawalej/Getty Images)

The makeshift defender’s development has arguably been stalled since his move to the back-line.

However, if Ajer returns to his natural position he could continue his development.

Norwegian has capabilities to replace Brown

As players, Ajer and Brown aren’t as different as one might think to start with.

Since his arrival, the 20-year-old has been the highest professional when it comes to training and maintaining his body.

He also doesn’t back out of a tackle or battle with an opponent, much like Brown.

Both also have leadership traits with Brown being the current captain and Ajer wearing the armband at IK Start.

Captain Scott Brown isn’t much different from potential replacement in terms of professionalism. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

They are also the perfect role models for youngsters starting out in the game into how to make it to the very top.

In terms of ability, Ajer maintains his ability to play in the middle of the park.

He is comfortable with the ball at his feet and has had tendencies to go on mazy runs into the opposition’s box. His range of passing is also impressive for a defender and can be utilised further up the field.

Fans won’t want Brown to leave, but if he does they can be assured that ample replacements are already there.

Ajer hasn’t found his spot yet at Celtic but at last he might have his place at the club.