Celtic fans show their class as Quadruple Treble winner Kristoffer Ajer leaves for Brentford
Kristoffer Ajer has left Celtic Football Club to sign for Brentford, and fans have been quick to wish the Norwegian defender all the best.
Ajer, who joined Celtic as a midfielder from IK Start, became an imposing, classy centre-back in his time with the Bhoys. Brentford have pounced to land the international, with neither parties disclosing the fee [Celtic FC].
In a statement, Celtic said:
“Norwegian defender, Kristoffer Ajer has joined English Premier League newcomers Brentford ahead of the 2021/22 season.
“He joined Celtic as a teenager after picking up rave reviews as a midfielder in his native Norway, but switched to centre-back with the Hoops and a spell on loan with Kilmarnock in 2017 primed him for first-team football with the Hoops.
“Known for celebrating goal-stopping tackles as much as strikers celebrate goals, he scored seven goals in 177 games in green and white, and played an important part in winning each of the 12 consecutive trophies lifted in four seasons, including scoring the final spot-kick that secured the unprecedented Quadruple Treble.
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“Everyone at Celtic Football Club wish Kristoffer every success in his future career down south and thank him for his role in the club’s success in recent years.”
A lateral move it may seem. However, Ajer has expressed a wish to leave, and Celtic had assured the Norwegian of a lucrative move.
Brentford’s Co-Director of Football Rasmus Ankersen said [Brentford FC]:
“Kristoffer has scouted extremely well, and he ticks all the boxes for what we want in a Brentford defender on and off the pitch. It goes without saying that a player of his calibre has many options.
“We are really pleased that Kristoffer has decided to commit his future to Brentford.”
Celtic fans react as Kristoffer Ajer gets his Premier League move with Brentford
Naturally, Celtic supporters weren’t surprised. Instead, they wished the Quadruple Treble winner luck for his Premier League adventure.
On Twitter, the reaction was a flurry of well-wishing:
Can’t say I’m not gutted. Good luck Kris— Susan Lowther (@bonniebeth490) July 21, 2021
Good luck big man! Absolute warrior with a willingness to win! Take care 🍀💪— Kolo (@kev14cfc) July 21, 2021
Legend brought us so many amazing memories HH big man all the best 🍀— Declan (@DeclanJMurphy_) July 21, 2021
Good luck Kris 🍀🍀🍀👍— 🏴🍀John Williams🍀🏴 (@GSRHighlander) July 21, 2021
Will forever miss these 2 💚🥺🍀 pic.twitter.com/4EhO77eQ64— Fan of Valentina🏴🍀 (@Fanofvalentina3) July 21, 2021
Legend. Been such a key player in our side. Admire him for that tackle against Rangers to name just one, good luck in future Kris.— ScotSim (@scot_sim) July 21, 2021
Good luck Kris, thanks for scoring the penalty to secure the quadruple treble 🍀— Tracey P 🏴 (@Traceybar67) July 21, 2021
There could’ve been a raft of negativity heading Kristoffer Ajer’s way. Certainly, some supporters will be disappointed by Ajer’s desire to leave the club, and confused by the choice of Brentford.
However, Ajer served us well, reinventing himself as a potentially top centre-back. How he progresses in the Premier League will be interesting to follow.