Ajer on-board as strategy rolls forward


Norwegian football journos I speak to all praise Kristoffer Ajer (17) in the highest terms. The 6’5” midfielder became the youngest captain in Norwegian topflight history when he wore the armband of Start as a 16-year-old last April. He’s a strong and mature individual, apparently.

Despite having made only 36 career starts, Celtic have watched him repeatedly, on top of the loan period he spent at Lennoxtown last month, so they know the player they are getting. The information I hear of him is all positive, but he’ll be learning the game for years, and for the remainder of the year he’ll learn what it’s like to be a Celtic player, something he’ll have little inclination of at the moment.

I like this strategy of recruiting and deploying talent of this age, a policy which has been missing for around 40 years, and has contributed to a similar period of underachievement in producing prodigious talent. It feels right for us.

Welcome to Celtic, Kristoffer.

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  1. Paul67



    This strategy excites me for the future. Reason for optimism.


    Welcome Krisstofer!

  2. Afternoon bhoys n ghirls



    I am doing four runs this year for Solving Kids Cancer and in memory of my wee pal Oscar Knox



    Great Edinburgh Run (10 miles) – 17th April


    Edinburgh Marathon – 29th May


    Glasgow Men’s 10k – 19th June


    Glasgow Half Marathon – 2nd October


    Hopefully raise a few quid again and also raise more awareness, please feel free to donate :-)







  3. Yes, welcome kid, and good luck, hope you have many good times as a CFC player, and I look forward to watching him soon, it’s all about development, but there are many pushing for the downsizing hun SMSM accusations, but we know who they are right?


    Well I do, and no names, can’t get personnel, it’s my private list.

  4. Paul67 et al



    One thing I liked about Erik signing was his enthusiasm for signing for Celtic. Young Kristoffer likewise seems positive about joining us, a trait that has not always been apparent in more than a few we have brought in recent seasons. Still not convinced that the concept of the ‘Development Squad’ is the best way forward in bringing players on. The Quality Street Gang not only got to train with very good players they got to play in a competitive Reserve League. That is simply not true for the Development Squad, the better of whom, Tierney apart end up out on loan with varying results. Good luck and welcome to Kris, if young Martin Samuelson on loan to Peterborough is any guide to the latest Norwegiens we could have a good player on our hands.

  5. eddieinkirkmichael on

    Had a book for a while and not read it yet, “The Trigger Men” Martin Dillon. Anyone read it before and is it worth reading?

  6. Afternoon Timland from a cold spring like hun free mountain valley.


    Welcome to Celtic Kristoffer, may your short time at the club be a fruitful one.




    Really thought I was getting the hang of the lingo here, went for my new glasses today, sunglasses she gave me, after all the effort of telling her I wanted react a light ones, which she confirmed, but it’s my fault as ever, another expense, hey ho.

  7. Comparing them with the quality street gang which actually yielded far fewer players than the hyperbole generated about them even then, pre blogs and 24h news, and was a term the players themselves hated with venom.



    Is unnecessary and unhelpful to them, even despite my misgivings about who is being signed, subjecting them to Andy “work the keeper” Gray levels of hyperbole gives them even less chance than I think they have given the strategy which is bringing them here.

  8. the exiled tim



    Optician: “You need glasses.”


    Patient: “I’m wearing glasses”


    Optician: “Then I need glasses”



    Had a book for a while and not read it yet, “The Trigger Men” Martin Dillon. Anyone read it before and is it worth reading?



    Not his best stuff Eddie but worth a read all the same. He done one on the shankhill butchers thats worth a read.

  10. Bob O’Baldy-



    I’d disagree with your “scattergun” statement about the signing policy. Recent signing have been bought specifically for a position and role in the team. Only time time will tell whether they are up to the job, of course.



    I’m willing to wait and see what the next generation brings in terms of application and ability. I doubt whether a number of the current team will be with find themselves as automatic first picks much longer, or if even they will be on our wage bill.




    The Trigger Men.



    Somebody left it in a pal’ s B and B .He gave it to me .I read it .It took me a long time to read it .I thought it was very badly written…

  12. Thanks to everyone for the e mails re the Dublin trip at Easter. I will reply as soon as I can.



    Really positive news to read of the new signing!!










  13. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Keep saying to the doubters – judge Ronny whenever he has his own team on the park,but a think Ronny is either afraid of failing or afraid to take risks.



    We would need to be about 15 points in front before he starts playing some of the new signings.



    He’s far too cautious.



    Give the new players a run-out and let them play football.



    No dis-respect but people like Charlie Mulgrew cannot be the future of the football club.




  14. FourGreenFields on

    Just finished reading the Jim McGuinness book UNTIL VICTORY ALWAYS , well worth a read if anyone is interested.


    Think it was recommended on here before but can’t remember the poster .

  15. Celtic Mac


    That’s about right :-)






    Problem if we play the weans is the support will go into meltdown if we don’t win, I agree with 16 roads, the pressure Ronny must be under will be mindblowing for him.



    Just finished reading the Jim McGuinness book UNTIL VICTORY ALWAYS , well worth a read if anyone is interested.



    Think it was recommended on here before but can’t remember the poster .







    hi there mate,Thomthethim was on a week or two ago saying the same as you,must get my hands on it :-)



    HH to you mate

  17. An Tearmann.


    Update on L.D. for you.


    It looks likely that he will be out until April.


    Next season will be a really big one for him now.


    Hopefully get a good pre season and kick on from there.


    I was impressed by the 3 Vinny school mates, I had no idea that was their upbringing.


    My primary school was St Roberts.


    Hail Hail.

  18. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Had a wee look at a video of kriss…. big tall boy who’s not afraid to tackle and gets into the opposition box and scores a few goals




    I noticed he also jumped the advertising boards for cuddles…. the travelling support would love that but Madden will have his name in the book as quickly as he figures out the spelling

  19. JNP


    cheers for that,i have not seen M so appreciate the update,tis a pity injury has plagued him this season.I hope he comes thro and makes it though its gettin more and more competitive with a lot of midfield signing.


    yeh re school,aye its havin an impact on the old Celts at a signifigant level.Good lads and good Celtic men without question.its easy to sit at our end girnin and moanin, as we do,(all for the betterment of Celtic imo) but there positions are thankless at times as you can npt please all the people all the time.They have massive responsibilty(only all our hopes-nowt heavy-ha)in their jobs,a responsibility they carry well.







    aye.which one are you? :-)







    6’5″ – so much for downsizing? aye the wee fella will do good :-)



    HH to you all