Why Kris Ajer wants to leave Celtic; club have also made promises

By John McGinley

June 4, 2021

Celtic initially promised Kris Ajer he could leave the club last summer, before an agreement was reached to stay on for the ten-in-a-row bid, the player has confirmed to broadcaster TV 2.

Ajer is getting a lot off of his chest today on international duty. First, he confirmed to a press conference his intention to leave Celtic Park this summer. Now, he’s given more extensive details to TV 2.

The defender said: “The promise was that I would be allowed to leave last summer, but then we agreed that I would stay in the club because we would try to win ten in a row.

“It was important for the club, but unfortunately we did not make it. Now we have come to the point that I will leave the club, and I really expect the board to keep its word.”

The 23-year-old would also go on to tell the broadcaster that he wants to play in a better league, despite becoming a Celtic supporter over the years.

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His primary ambition is to play in a top-five league in Europe, because he thinks it will make him a better player.

You can find a non-machine translation of his interview via The Cynic’s Christian Wulff on Twitter.

The interview confirms what many have already suspected at Celtic, that a number of key players likely did want to move last year. Neil Lennon alluded to this after the Ferencvaros humiliation.

Celtic defenders Kris Ajer and Stephen Welsh / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In fairness to Ajer, he always tried his best throughout last season. He was actually one of our better performers across the piece despite some defensive lapses.

Still, I don’t think it was ideal for him to come out so publicly here and state his intention. He could have earned his move to another league this summer without this public declaration.

It could make it more difficult for Celtic to receive the optimum fee.

In other news, Postecoglou is lining up his own backroom staff at Celtic.