Kristoffer Ajer made clear to Norwegian media his intentions to leave Celtic this summer. “With one year left of my contract, that would be the best solution for me and my club. Something is going to happen this summer.”
Kris made it clear to the club two years ago he would not sign a new contract and has stuck to plan since. For me, he was our stand-out Player of the Year last season and compares to the very best central defenders we have seen in the modern era.
At 23, Kris is one year older than Virgil van Dijk when he joined Celtic in 2013. I would be hard pressed to pick a more impressive season between Kris’ last season or Virgil’s first. Virgil was better in the air but I have never seen a Celtic central defender break through the lines as safely or effectively as Kris. Virgil tried this but was not in the same class.
Just as we knew Virgil could do better than Southampton, Kris can do better than the apparently-keen Newcastle. Liverpool could do worse than pair them up next season, he will play for a top EPL team eventually. I hope we keep him for the European qualifiers.