Celtic are right to stand firm and demand more for top talents
Celtic have turned down two bids for Kristoffer Ajer, and fans are reacting in their droves.
Depending on who you ask, Ajer is either useless in both boxes, or a prodigious young talent. He’s either a useless defender who needs to be a midfielder again, or a potentially excellent ball-playing centre-back. To say he divides opinion is underselling it, somewhat.
However, what Celtic fans seem to agree on is that we need to get our worth for the Norwegian centre-back. Ajer, who has expressed a desire to leave the club this summer, is said to be unhappy with his situation. However, there’s plenty to suggest that one of the clubs, Norwich City, would be something of a step down for the international defender.
As we’ve argued before, Celtic can’t afford to get ripped off this summer. £10m may sound alright at first glance, to some. However, only 5 months ago, we sold Jeremie Frimpong for more. You can imagine, if Ajer was playing in a more fashionable league, he’d be valued at least twice of what he is now. His contract ending in 2022 does cut his price tag a little, but not so dramatically that Celtic should accept the first offer.
And, indeed, they haven’t. After all, if two clubs are bidding at the same price, surely the Hoops can afford to risk a little, and demand more for a key asset.
Of course, there’s also a possibility he stays…
“Water is wet”; Celtic supporters respond to Ajer reports
Celtic fans had their say on social media:
Shut it Ajer https://t.co/ERq3dI7pjq
— ✞ (@Dunnomate77_) June 25, 2021
Celtic shouldn’t sell him for anything less than they think he’s worth.
I’m sure Ajer has the self belief to think he is worth more than £10m. https://t.co/r4NM6ZXFOK
— RhebelRhebel (@RhebelRhebel) June 25, 2021
A club holding out for more money – in other news water is wet
— Thomas Hanlon (@ThomasH4nlon) June 25, 2021
Just imagine if Eddy and Ajer stay but
— Ryan 🍀🏴 (@RyanW_67) June 25, 2021
Definitely worth more than that
— Tiarnán🇮🇪🇩🇪 (@TiarnanEFC32) June 25, 2021
Really really not interested in whether the player is unhappy or not. It is all about what is best for Celtic. Ajer can buy out his own contract or sit in the reserves for a year.
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— Gregory (@Gregory95316361) June 25, 2021
The club can’t be desperate for money or we would have sold, the manager stated he will speak to all players before decisions are made in the best interest of the club, Ajer is a very good young player and the club have a valuation that others have to meet before a deal
— Martin Murphy (@mmurph24) June 25, 2021
If more than one club is bidding £10m you don’t sell at £10m
— Stevie Jackson (@bobby__peru) June 25, 2021
If Celtic think he’s more than £10 million then they shouldn’t accept any lower
— Andy O’Rourke (@shwing1888) June 25, 2021
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