Celtic quadruple-treble winner Kris Ajer has earned the chance to better himself

By David Walton

June 6, 2021

Celtic hero Kris Ajer has more than earned any potential opportunity to better himself this summer.

The Norwegian produced some pretty disappointing but not surprising comments on Friday. Speaking to the assembled Norwegian press, he stated that “something is going to happen this summer” with regards to a transfer move.

With only a year left on his contract, this was always going to be the case. It’s exactly what the Celtic support have been dreading for some time. Ajer had yet to officially outline his intentions to depart, but the lack of progress on a contract extension told its own story.

His comments here only go to confirm what we all suspected. The likes of Newcastle United and Bayer Leverkusen have been linked with a move for his services too. So there are opportunities there for Ajer if he wants to move to a top European league [Northern Echo].

The Celtic support were also understanding of Ajer’s situation. They didn’t react to his comments with anger or bemusement. We all know he’s earned this right, and that was proven with many admitting it was his time to move on.

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Celtic have bagged plenty of success in no small part thanks to Kris Ajer

It’s difficult to put into words just how essential Ajer has been over the last four-and-a-half years in particular. Since his loan spell with Kilmarnock, he’s come on leaps and bounds as a centre-back.

Are there improvements he can make to his game? Of course there are. At times he needs to be less careless and aggressive with opposition strikers. Too many needless fouls have been given away because of this. But the pros have far outweighed the cons.

The Norwegian has been a sensation in truth. A constant at the heart of our defence, he’s proven to be both a valuable attacking outlet and a rock at the back. Celtic will badly miss Ajer’s driving runs when he departs. Whoever his replacement is, they likely won’t have the efficiency Ajer did in that respect.

Kristoffer Ajer: plenty of interest / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But we’re talking about a player with just under 180 Hoops appearances to his name [Transfermarkt]. That’s not even mentioning the fact he’s won eight competitions with the club too. He’s played a monumental role in our quadruple-treble success, and even slammed home one of the most important kicks of a football in our history.

Yet there has to be an acknowledgement of where he’s at. It’s not an insult that he wants to leave Celtic. He’s not turning his back on the club whatsoever. This is simply a player who’s ready to take his career to new heights. Something he can’t do any further at Parkhead.

Given the service he’s given to the club, he’s more than earned this. We had the chance to sell him last summer for bigger money and chose not to. Ajer wasn’t one to kick up a fuss either. He gave his all knowing full well an injury could’ve scuppered a move. That didn’t faze him, and given everything he’s offered the club over the years, now is 100% the correct time for him to take his next step as a player.

In other news, it’s time for Celtic and Marian Shved to have an important talk.