The performance of Kristoffer Ajer vs Motherwell just screamed future captain.
Scott Brown may hold the armband for now until he retires, but there’s no denying who should be next in line – our big friendly Norwegian powerhouse.
It’s fair to say Celtic were in a spot of bother at Fir Park yesterday. Yet Ajer did what he’s so often done, dragged team-mates up to his level and helped haul us back into the game. A captain without an armband would be how best to describe him at this rate. His equaliser in North Lanarkshire yesterday was almost like a video description of how to grab a game by the scruff of the neck.
And supporters are also very much seeing it too. Reacting to Ajer’s display on social media, here’s a look at what some have been saying:
Big Ajer is becoming the most important player on the team sheet. Absolute monster and see if there is a bad tackle on our players he’s right up for a square go ☘️💪
— Alan Greevy (@Greevybhoy) August 10, 2019
The passion of ajer cured my Tierney broken heart only thing is he's gonna go soon epl will be drooling over him Ffs
— james glover (@gloverjimjames) August 11, 2019
Canny mind who it was on here who laughed at me at the start of last season when I said Ajer was the best CB in the country, but whoever it was…get it up ye
— Gerry McGinty (@gerrymcginty88) August 10, 2019
— di (@oorweedarlin) August 10, 2019
Rather of lost tierney than ajer 100%
— Muiry (@MuiryCeltic) August 10, 2019
Hate to retweet stuff like this because I don’t want Ajer to be the next guy to go to the EPL for 25 mill but – to neutral fitba fans – this is our CB. He is only 21.
The world is at his feet. His future is limitless. https://t.co/xdvk8FZihk
— Dominik Diamond (@DominikDiamond) August 10, 2019
See when it’s time for big Ajer to move on, I sincerely hope we don’t undervalue his pricetag, he’s probably slipped under the radar until now but that boy is genuinely top class. £30m plus has to be the price when the big boys inevitably come sniffing
— Ryan (@Ryanmc67_) August 10, 2019
Ajer was a colossus for Celtic today. The determination and power he showed with that surging run for his rapid equaliser epitomised his growing influence on the team. He's a future Celtic captain in the making – if we can hold on to him.
— Brian McNally (@McNallyMirror) August 10, 2019
Kristoffer Ajer vs Motherwell proves he needs tied up
Nobody knows how the game would’ve went yesterday had Ajer not been involved. We may still have come away with the points, but we would never have run away with the match in the way we did.
We spoke last week about why we can’t afford to sell Ajer for any price. Saturday was almost poetic for us in how it backed that idea up. Without the big man, we lose so much both defensively AND offensively.
He can play in a variety of positions, including centre-back, right-back, and centre-midfield. He’s comfortable in many different areas of the pitch, and that alone is a valuable asset.
Looking at his contract, the big Norwegian is currently tied to Parkhead until May 2022 (Celticfc.net). He last signed a new four-year contract back in 2018, but even so, his performances should have him rewarded further.
It won’t be long until the big boys coming sniffing for him. That’s just the way of the world. AC Milan (TMW) and Leicester (Scottish Sun) have both already been linked, but thankfully nothing has come of it.
And in the hunt for 10-in-a-row, Celtic could do with not losing any more of their key players with the holy grail now in plain sight.