Ex-Aberdeen man Noel Whelan has backed Celtic to use the proceeds of the sale of Kristoffer Ajer to re-invest in two major first-team signings.

The 23-year-old Norway international, who is within the final twelve months of his Celtic deal, is set to complete a move to newly promoted Premier League side Brentford.

The deal commands a fee in the region of £13.5 million, according to a previous update from John Percy of The Telegraph.

The fee represents a club record paid for a player by the Bees, though it is an equally-princely sum for the Bhoys who have been backed to re-invest as a result.

The club have all but sealed a deal for Sweden international Carl Starfelt from Russian side Rubin Kazan, where he established himself as the league’s most successful passer in a testament to his ball-playing abilities.

Ajer was a notable omission from Celtic’s official UEFA squad list for their Champions League opener against FC Midtjylland in a further hint that he is set to seal a move away from the club.

Speaking to Football Insider, the ex-Dons hitman has backed Celtic fans to be treated to multiple new faces acquired from the proceeds of the sale:

“I mean, wow, if they can get close to £15million for him, that will go a long way. That kind of money could be used to bring in a couple of top signings and Celtic desperately need new faces.

“I don’t like the way Ajer has gone about his business. It’s not good to have players at a football club who don’t want to be there. You cannot turn their thinking around.

“If they can get £15million it would be a good bit of business. It’s a very good price for a player who has just one year left on his contract.

“From Ajer’s point of view, he needs a move to the Premier League. He needs a change of scenery.”

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With a direct replacement lined up and plenty of funds left to spare as a result of the Starfelt deal costing just €5 million, it is reasonable that at least a significant portion of the remainder would also be re-invested.

The right-back spot remains a heavily-targeted area in need of bolstering, and could be a likely focus of the future attentions of Parkhead chiefs.