Celtic youth coach Stephen McManus has admitted that he is surprised that Kristoffer Ajer has not been nominated as Scotland’s young player of the year.
The centre-back has made a huge impression this season, but was not named in the four man shortlist, much to McManus’ surprise.
“Kristoffer has been terrific and the modern-day defender” McManus told the Evening Times.
“The dominant one”
“He steps into the game well, picks passes, and he is becoming the dominant one in both boxes.”
Whilst Ajer might have missed out on an award from his fellow professionals, he did pick up the young player of the year as voted for by the Celtic support.
That award from the fans shows how far the player has come this season.
Forced his way into the team
He has forced his way into the Hoops first-team. In the process he has become one of the first picks for the club in the middle of defence.
His partnership with Jozo Simunovic has looked rock solid so far. It is a partnership the Hoops can look to build on for next season.
Ajer could well be a mainstay for the Hoops in defence for years to come. Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic are set to leave the club at the end of the season. As a result, the Hoops will have a different look in defence from next season.
Ajer has grabbed the opportunity to replace the soon to depart players. For that, he deserves plenty of credit.