Celtic fans show their class as Quadruple Treble winner Kristoffer Ajer leaves for Brentford

By Euan Davidson

July 21, 2021

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.”

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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:

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.

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