Some recent comments from Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer about the number of minutes he has played so far this season are a tad alarming.

“I was recently sent a statistic that stated I have played more minutes than any other player in Europe this season” he said, as reported by the Daily Record.

Should that be the case then it shows that Celtic aren’t learning the lesson when it comes to overplaying their most important talents.

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Hoops duo topped list

After all, it was reported by BBC Sport in December that Callum McGregor had played more minutes than anyone else in world football in the first-half of the season, with Ajer second on the list.

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer / (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

That is something that can’t continue next season, no matter how many games are played. It is understandable why Neil Lennon wants to keep playing the likes of Ajer and McGregor.

After all, they are vitally important players to the team. The duo have played a key role in Celtic’s success in recent seasons.


However, it will arguably not do the players good to play so many minutes, as it must risk burnout towards the end of the season.


Lockdown could be blessing in disguise

The current football lockdown might be a blessing in disguise for the likes of Ajer and McGregor, as it allows them to get a break.

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

When the list is released for the end of 2020, it will look a bit different from last year, due to the football lockdown.

However, hopefully fewer Celtic players make the list. It would show that lessons have been learned when it comes to the number of games played by the most important Hoops players.

Only time will tell if that happens, but rotating the team more is something that Neil Lennon should consider doing more often next season, the Hoops have a big enough squad, it is time to use it.



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