Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer has been called out by Vidar Riseth for his woeful run of form in recent weeks.
Ajer has been a mainstay of Neil Lennon’s struggling team as he’s teamed up alongside the likes of Chris Jullien, Hatem Elhamed, and Nir Bitton respectively. Yet whilst his partners at the back have changed regularly, Ajer has always generally been selected.
But that doesn’t mean that he’s put in a power of positive performances. Ajer has made some dreadful individual mistakes against the likes of Sparta Prague, AC Milan, and in our recent 2-0 home defeat to Ross County in the Betfred Cup.
Ajer’s jinking runs out from the back have also been rarer and rarer in recent weeks as he struggles for form. And former 90s Hoops defender Riseth has admitted he’s not pleased with how his countryman is performing.
As quoted by The National, Riseth said: “I still watch a lot of games because I consider myself a Celtic fan and I am not happy with Kristoffer right now. If you are talking about clubs like Milan looking at you, then you need to be much stronger – in the head and on the pitch.”
Poor run of form from wantaway players makes no sense
Sure, Ajer hasn’t come out and said he wants to leave Celtic, but it’s not difficult to put two and two together. His agent reportedly asked Celtic for a valuation for his services in the summer (Glasgow Times), and he hasn’t appeared to come close to putting pen to paper on a new deal.
For a player who has been linked in the past with a move to Milan (Scottish Sun), you would’ve thought this would’ve been a season for him to show his high standards.
After all, what’s more attractive to the Serie A leaders? A player who has managed to outperform his team-mates and help drag his club to a 10th consecutive title? Or a player who appeared to down tools and started stropping about the pitch and allowed clumsy mistakes to enter his game.
Even the notion of Ajer managing to head off to Milan is comical at the moment. These players who are after a move in the summer aren’t doing their reputations any good, and it’s difficult to see why clubs like the Rossoneri would remain interested given this lack of application.
The big Norwegian has started all but one of our games this season (Transfermarkt), but it’s difficult to see why at the moment. Perhaps complacency is becoming an issue with Ajer – his place hasn’t been under threat in this Celtic side for a long time.
A spell out the team could be exactly what he needs. For one reason or another, the former Start man is letting us down in a season where we needed him most.