Our View: Celtic boss must decide on Kristoffer Ajer's best position

By John Reid

February 29, 2020

Usually it is a bonus when a player is so versatile that they can play in a number of positions for a team. However, that might not be the case when it comes to Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer.

Ajer has had an excellent season for Celtic – when he is playing at centre-back. However, Neil Lennon elected to play Ajer at right-back – where he has played on occasion – against Copenhagen.

Unfortunately the move backfired, as the Hoops lost 3-1 to crash out of Europe. Perhaps Neil Lennon elected to play Ajer at right-back as he was determined to play four at the back.

Move to right-back didn’t work

However, the better move would have been to play Jeremie Frimpong or Moritz Bauer on the right, with Ajer in his natural position.

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Ajer didn’t look comfortable at right-back, and it is an experiment that should not be repeated any time soon by the Hoops boss.

That is what can happen when a player can feature in more than one position though, there is always the chance they will be moved to the position that they play in sometimes.

It should also be remembered that Ajer can play in midfield, which he did when he spent time on loan at Kilmarnock before he established himself in the Celtic side.

Neil Lennon should stick with Ajer as a centre-back, it is where he has played his best football for the Hoops this season.

However, where there is always a chance that Ajer could once more play at right-back for Celtic, such is his versatility as a player.

Should be in the side as centre-back

On a rare occasion that can be a hindrance to the side, which it was against Copenhagen. Still, as long as Ajer’s performances at right-back are few and far between, then he is more than capable of contributing to Celtic’s success this season.

Celtic defenders Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Hopefully he gets the Copenhagen performance out of his system and is back to his best – at centre-back – against St Johnstone.

Should Ajer only be selected at centre-back from now on? Will Neil Lennon pick him at right-back again after Copenhagen? Share your thoughts below with a comment in our new discussion forum…

 


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