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.

Kristoffer Ajer is thriving at Parkhead under Neil Lennon (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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.

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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:

 

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.

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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.

Ajer constantly gives it his all (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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.

Ajer has three more years on his Celtic deal (Jose Miguel Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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.

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