Kristoffer Ajer has revealed he is happy with his current role in Brendan Rodgers’ side, having impressed on loan at Kilmarnock towards the end of last season.
The 19-year-old has been utilised as a centre-back in his few appearances for the club, a change from his usual central midfield role at former club IK Start in Norway.
After a successful loan last season, Ajer is expected to be part of the first-team squad in the forthcoming campaign and help Celtic try and retain their SPFL title which they are the favourites to claim next season, and you could use these Bookmaker Promo Codes to get yourselves the best deal to back it happening.
The 6ft 5in youngster has revealed the conversation he had with Rodgers regarding his role, as well as how he has developed since he came to Scotland.
As quoted by the Daily Express, Ajer said:
I had a really good chat with the gaffer when I came here about my position. I am now a centre-half. I always knew that would happen one day, but in Norway I was a midfielder as that was the best place for me to develop at that stage of my career.
But now it’s better for me to focus on that defensive role and work on developing there. I have learned a lot in the last year.
For the first six months, it was great working with the gaffer and learning from the top players here, then I had six months at Kilmarnock and that went well so I feel like I have improved as a player.
I have worked on my positioning and how the gaffer wanted to play out from the back and my timing in the tackle is better. I feel much more in control of where I need to be when we don’t have the ball and are defending. I feel a lot more comfortable as a central defender.
I learned a lot over six months at Celtic and the other centre halves were really good with me – Kolo Toure was a massive help as was Erik Sviatchenko.
Ajer spent six months out on-loan at fellow Premiership side Killie last season, where he was a stand out performer on a consistent basis.
He may see his first-team opportunities at Celtic grow this coming season, given Rodgers’ track record of utilising young talent.
He was given the chance to impress in a recent friendly against Lyon at Celtic Park.
Despite defeat, many fans left impressed with how he performed, as well as new signings Kundai Benyu and Olivier Ntcham.