Ajer can follow van Dijk to top


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.

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  1. a propos of nothin; in particular………….






    do ye think any o’ the garrulous “shock-jock-tamson” types post on different sites with different handles?






    Moniker Lewisnky CSC

  2. fourstonecoppi on

    BTW …Eddie Howe= Loser, we only want ‘The Brave’ for Celtic. You’ve won NOTHING mate.



    There thats got that aff ma chist!.



    Right i’m awa up the campsies furra a cycle.



    Fourstonecoppi csc



    Happy New Beer to you!


    Hope you enjoy the day and your Derby pick romps home.

  4. Ange and Kevin Muscat have crossed paths twice in the past, both by coincidence rather than design. AP joined South Melbourne as manager in 1996 where Muscat was a player. The same year Muscat was sold to Crystal Palace.



    When AP took over manager of Melbourne Victory Muscat was already in post as assistant manager, and was retained. AP lasted a year in that role before taking over Australia head coach, Muscat moved up to Melbourne Victory manager.



    In the 10 years since Muscat retired as a footballer AP hasn’t asked for him to join any of his management teams. I think we’re being trolled by the SMSM and cheap click-bait sites……again.



    An interesting article on AP below, published by a guest writer on Forbes, which is generally a well-informed and balanced publication on most topics.




  5. Re Celtic’s total rebuild. I hope the powers that be who negotiate contracts for the players coming in, of which there shall be many, also take heed not to have the same situation as present with a whole load of player’s contracts ending at the same time in 3/4 years down the line! por cierto

  6. Lennon’s interview is more of the poor me nonsense we’ve heard for almost a year now.



    It’s always someone else’s fault. The fans were not protesting because of one cup result in isolation as he infers in his interview. He knows that but still has a go in order to make himself look hard done by.



    Lennon may be a legend for some, I personally wouldn’t cross the road to say hello. I’m very happy he’s out of the club.

  7. quadrophenian on

    SONSOFERIN – could well be MSM baiting.


    Being reported that Musky has the EU coaching quals (ie Beale situ)


    Anecdotally, people say Musky is decent off the pitch – would sure not take any shoite among the squad. Australia’s version of RK?



    Two Japanese players I’d like Ange to bring in: Tomoki Imai RB and Daizen Medea (LW)

  8. SONSOFERIN on 5TH JUNE 2021 10:09 AM



    Mike Meehall Wood who wrote that article. A Celtic fan from Leeds i think. Rugby League and cricket journalist based in Australia. Regularly contributes for Forbes.

  9. Quadrophenian – Yeah, which is another reason I think this unlikely. AP is a “takes no shoite” character himself, so unless he wants to surround himself with people exactly like him, having another less fulsome character at his side would provide a better balance. Why I think Damien Duff returning, or Shaun Maloney, are probably better shouts.



    I don’t know those Japanese players, will check them out. Coincidentally, I recommended a Japanese player a few weeks ago before the AP rumours started, Yuma Suzuki. Even more of a coincidence (honest!) he plays for Sint-Truiden, the club Muscat has just left as manager.

  10. An Dún on 5th June 2021 10:30 am



    Lennon’s interview is more of the poor me nonsense we’ve heard for almost a year now.



    It’s always someone else’s fault. The fans were not protesting because of one cup result in isolation as he infers in his interview. He knows that but still has a go in order to make himself look hard done by.



    Lennon may be a legend for some, I personally wouldn’t cross the road to say hello. I’m very happy he’s out of the club.





    I would agree that he is not a legend, but he did give a great deal to the club, both as a player and a manager. Definitely did a lot of harm to his reputation last year.





    BTW Mickey Lindon is one of my all-time GAA heroes.

  11. Morning



    Big Jimmy..sorry to tell you im also on Hurricane Lane in The Derby..unbeaten and Buick is a my fav jockey.also got a small bet on Third Realm.


    good luck to all Derby bets and happy swallying today🍻🍻

  12. SCULLYBHOY on 5TH JUNE 2021 9:08 AM



    I would’ve kept Eddie but then I wasn’t privy to what was going on and being said behind the scenes.



    Lennon bemoaned the fact that some players didn’t want to be here after the Ferencvaros game. Those players shouldn’t have been here (whoever they were) and I don’t think it’s hindsight to take this mindset.

  13. EmeraldBee \o/ A Double Niner!! on 4th June 2021 11:49 pm



    It’s a blog. A blog invites anyone to express their opinion. OK, I get that. But …. my God we have our fair share of anal passages on here at times.



    We should never EVER think that our cohort is superior to the dross we expect from THUMS. Turkeybhoy @ 11.34 sums it up nicely. Shocking post about a Celtic player and that’s only one example.






    Totally agree with both of you.

  14. Nope, not having this nonsense from Lenny.Being the Celtic fan he is,he must know the anguish of watching the complete collapse of a Treble winning team,would shatter the fans.”An unhealthy obsession with winning the 10″,FFS,Lenny,that tops the lot.Not doing yourself any favours here,defending the Board either,or the players.It was a joint effort by all 3 to destroy the season.


    Always be a legend to me,but very disappointed in these statements.

  15. geebee1978 on 5th June 2021 11:38 am





    I take your point. It was clear that things were not working very early into the season. Who can ever forget that abysmal defeat at home to a poor Sevco team – not even a shot on target. I do still think it would have been a brave move to have let players leave before the season started, especially if they indicated that they accepted being part of the ‘history making season’ and would stay to make it happen. But as you say, most of us are just guessing.



    BTW I see E Howe’s ambition is to get the Southampton job – I think we had a lucky escape there.




  16. Lennon blaming everyone else, bar him.


    Not supprised by that.


    He seems to have forgot about Cluj, Copenhagen, Ferencvaros and Sparta Prague x2.


    Funny that.



    Good luck in League 1 or 2

  17. NL having a go at everyone except himself, total projection ignoring his own failures.


    Next year every interview will contain the OF as he is very much in that camp.

  18. Good afternoon cqn from another sunny day in the Garngad



    Lenny has let himself down again in my eyes.



    I have zero sympathy for him, now he is playing to the gallery.



    D :)

  19. Scullybhoy



    Yeah Mickey was one of all time greats. A pleasure to watch.



    Not sure if you ever met him but he’s one of most genuine fellas you could meet. A very humble man.

  20. NL’s interview to the times is an attempt to start rebuilding his reputation among English football fans in a process he hopes will land him his next club.



    He’s doing this in part by attacking the reputation of Celtic fans. It’s extremely poor form by a man who has gone from describing fans as noise last season to describing some fans now as a breed.



    His arrogance is matched only by his incompetence. I pity any club that goes near him.

  21. NFL’s only choice of Club in the foreseeable future is likely to be mint or orange.



    HH jg

  22. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Lennon blaming the euphemistic ‘new breed’ of fans whilst defending Lawwell and Desmond is like a bad govt blaming the voters.



    Did the fans blow the 10 (btw the club milked that despite it ring ‘unhealthy’)? Take 1 draw out if 6 against the huns, stretching back to last new year? Lose 4-1 home away to Sparta B? Same vs Ross Co? Out both cups before Q/Fs? League over by new year. Finishing 25 pts behind the huns? 4 home defeats in a row? 2 wins in 13? Endless set pieces conceded? Rants against want away players? Pathetic recruitment?



    Those fans, eh? What they like? Always complaining unfairly,

  23. I can’t imagine Dom McKay is particularly happy at the timing of this interview in the midst of season ticket renewals.



    Lennon has raked over some old coals today.

  24. Neil’s chances of a decent job down South, when he left us first time around, were damaged by the portrayal the Scottish Media had given him, as a snarling ned. Depite masteminding a win against barca and a last 16 in the CL, je only got offered the basket case Bolton job.



    This time around, it is our suppport and bloggers hwo have trashed his reputation, buried all the good he did for us , and only remembered the abject failure of last season. I am not surprised that some of those who went OTT are reading Neil’s latest piece and presrenting it as a “It wasn’t my fault” whine. That is a twisted reading.



    Neil and his players and coaches own the failure to land the 10- that cannot be erased or overlooked.



    But it can be taken in the round. He contributed league titles and trophies too. He steadied us after BR lit out for money and, even last season, landed the quadruple treble.



    So, he is entitled to put his record in the round as he seeks new employment. He is entitled to argue agianst being described as a “Dinosaur” because some want to feel that he doesn;t value tactics (which was not what he said or believed).



    Our disappointment with losing the 10 is still causing us to kick out at all associated. With passing time, we will get over our tantrums, work our way through all the stages of grief for the lost 10 and be able to take a more rounded view than the daft wee boys who chased buses at CP this year.



    Meanwhile, I hope Neil gets a decent job offer down South and rebuilds his reputatiion and health without us piling on to sour the blogs of any club interested in employing him.



    I do hope, however, that Neil drops all references to O** F*** in future interviews.



    I have no doubt that Neil will remain a legend in the eyes of Celtic fans. There wil always be a few hold outs who need a scapegoat but Neil has already earned enough as a player and manager to guarantee his legacy.



    Check back in two or three years and we will get a less emotional evaluation of him

  25. An Dún on 5th June 2021 12:15 pm






    Yeah Mickey was one of all time greats. A pleasure to watch.



    Not sure if you ever met him but he’s one of most genuine fellas you could meet. A very humble man.





    I knew Greg Blaney – who was a Rolls-Royce footballer. Also went to school with Damian (Winker) Watson who was a brilliant soccer player as well as playing for (captain?) Down.



    Regarding NFL I still do appreciate what he did for Celtic- bar last season. Whilst he is wrong to try and absolve himself from any blame, he does have a point that there is a viciousness now that gets airtime because of social media.




  26. for those raging against Neil, have you read THE TIMES interview rather than the slanted hysteronics of the gutter press ?












    the theatre analergy was awfully dramatic -))

  27. DREW1967 on 5TH JUNE 2021 1:24 PM






    Orange club..best biscuit ever imho





    My wee Mum loved orange chocolate so much that I’d always go mint and leave the orange one for her!



    HH jg

  28. CardboardCSC on

    So it’s Neil Lennon’s turn for the abuse today? I think he was referring to the bams who chased the bus and the twittarati, also some so called fans talking bollocks on radio phone inns. Hail Hail

  29. quadrophenian on

    Two sides to every story – not just the way anyone interprets a story inside their own egocentric head.



    Personally, I’m encouraged to see Neil indicating he’s getting a hold of the damaging coping mechanisms causing him to act and look ‘less than professional’.


    Drink can be a depressive drug which doesn’t sit well with depression as a chemical condition.


    Said it just the other day – he, his fellow coaches and the players squibbed the 10 big time.


    His next job won’t affect me much as a Celtic fan – mibby some crap team in Japan will need a replacement with Euro and Scottish experience soon ;)


    All the best Neil; credit – and blame – where it’s due mate.

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