BRENDAN RODGERS has revealed he believes Kristoffer Ajer will be a key man for Celtic in the new campaign.
The Hoops gaffer admitted the Norwegian international centre-back is already displaying leadership qualities.
Rodgers said: “Kris has made some big steps. He’s only 20, but he’s really dominant.
“You think now that when everything comes through the middle of the pitch – he’s going to get his head on it.
“He’s a natural leader as a young guy and is improving all the time. He was thrown in against Rosenborg last year in the Champions League, but he’s now a treble winner for Celtic and a regular for his country.
“Kris has had lots of experiences and is developing really well.
“He came from Norway where he played as a No.10, scoring goals. Now he’s progressing as a centre-half.
“Also, he must be able to defend, first and foremost. But if you can build up play, as well, then you can be critical for the team and how we play.
“Kris is very comfortable at that. He has earned the respect of his team-mates, not just in games, but how he is in training.
“He’s got a lot of strength and is a quick learner. He’s a bright boy who takes information on very quickly.
“Every day in training he wants to win. He wants to improve and get better.”