Kristoffer Ajer gets a fair hearing from Celtic fans despite brutal honesty

By John McGinley

June 4, 2021

Many Celtic supporters are refusing to blame Kristoffer Ajer despite his admission he wants to leave the club this summer.

As we discussed earlier, the Norwegian defender has confirmed to the media in his homeland that he’s looking for a Celtic exit.

His ambition is to play in a top-five European league. In recent weeks he’s been linked with moves to Newcastle United, Norwich City and Bayer Leverkusen.

No doubt other clubs will be interested too.

He’s been a tremendous player over the years. The 23-year-old definitely has his critics but, for me, he’s easily one of our best players.

However, if he wants to go, we can’t stand in his way again. Ajer has already revealed he wanted to go last summer.

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We’ll have a tough job replacing him. If he ends up leaving before summer qualifiers, I don’t have massive amounts of faith in the fit and available options already at the club.

It’s all just another sign that there’s a lack of discipline and clarity at Celtic right now. If Ajer was still installed under a proper manager, would have gone so public with his exit plea? It’s not as if he particularly craves attention or the limelight.

Kris Ajer – a superb talent / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Perhaps surprisingly, plenty of supporters have backed him on social media today. Sure, there are those who don’t rate him that highly, and others upset he has spoken to the media.

However, looking at the responses to the initial tweet, plenty are happy to wish him well and send him on his way.

Here’s some of the discussion happening on Twitter today…

In other news, our quiz for the Celtic board after today’s Twitter clanger.