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Ajer on-board as strategy rolls forward

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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. Margaret McGill on

    The Green Man says SACK THE Board on 17th February 2016 7:45 pm

     

    nah dont do that mate!

     

    You’ll be charged under the Orange bastard and fenian Scotland act and thrown in Jail then it wont matter how many letters you write. :)

  2. JNP

     

     

    I always thought she was from Irvine in Ayrshire?

     

    Maybe she moved there fae Pollok.

     

    Hope the next ex Bellarmine star is a Celtic striker. Maybe he attended the new Saint Paul’s school?

  3. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    People have being buying potential for a while now

     

     

    a Tag heuer which can you take on a dive to 50m even though the bath is a foot deep but it’s ok I could potentially take it on a dive

     

     

    a porsche which can do 193 mph even though the speed limit is 70mph but it’s ok I could potentially drive it at 193mph.

     

     

    Well what if we really have bought a porsche – imagine against all odds we unearth another bale – sell on value would be too much to turn down so at best we are buying to sell and if we can we might put a semi decent first 11 out for 18 months well we’ll take that! I don’t know much about football teams – dunno what made the lions invincible, dunno why aberdeen imploded earlier in the year but I can hazard a guess that ronnie’s managerial environment is the most challenging in recent years. I think it’ time for him to move on (no physical response from the team in important games, no tactical response from ronnie in important games) but he is the manager I feel most sympathy for. He’s in a cycle defined by might be’s. Lets not hope that we’ve signed a bale today but that those potentially good youngsters have a stable environment to become celts !

  4. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Delaney’s andHamiltontim, thanks . I had it in my head our Kris Commons was Kristopher .

     

     

    A friend of mine will be happy we have signed a 6 foot plus player. In saying that, the last time , I think it was the 2008/09 season, , he wasnt happy as the 6 foot plussers we had weren’t good enough in his mind.

  5. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    MARGARET MCGILL

     

     

    Feck it…thats it then.

     

    It will need to be a laser attack from outer space.

     

    Maybe they will listen then….if theres any of them left.

     

    Picture the scene, loads of destruction and dozens of smoking blazers:)

     

    I mean….it would have been easier to reply to the letter:)

     

     

    HH

  6. That interview of Kristoffer was 1min 40

     

     

    yet they still managed

     

     

    “aye bit Ronnies geting sacked”

     

     

    and

     

     

    “did anyone else even want you ”

     

     

    sad bar stewards

  7. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    JC2, did the media mention anything about playing in an o@@ f@@m game?

  8. Margaret McGill on

    The Green Man says SACK THE Board on 17th February 2016 7:54 pm

     

     

    Been there

     

    Done that

     

    Bought the T-shirt.

  9. M McGill

     

     

    The polis would have to be good to apprehend the bould TGM. He would have loads of hauners shoulder to shoulder beside him. Myself included. Phantom flan throwers are us! :)

  10. Margaret McGill on

    Delaneys Dunky on 17th February 2016 7:59 pm

     

    Yup. Agreed. Flan throwers R us.

     

    Flame throwers, however, will get you in big trouble!

     

    Trust me.

  11. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    MARGARET MCGILL & DD

     

     

    Right…thats it this time.

     

    I propose a mass flan insurrection and the storming of the Blazer Bastille.

     

    A right good flanning is what they need…a few headbutts for effect…bobs yer uncle.

     

    We are the power:)

     

    Cmon.

     

     

    HH

  12. Dallas

     

     

    Lisa told us his full Kristian name. :)

     

    Your mate would like it if we signed CQNer McTall. I met him last year in Partick. Over 7 foot tall. Made An Tearman and I look like Snow White’s wee pals. :)

  13. TBJ

     

     

    Possibly but I remember reading it before and thinking ‘Christian with a K, what’s that aw about!’ :-)

  14. Delaneys Dunky.

     

    I am happy to be corrected, it’s always something I’ve been told but no evidence.

     

    An Tearmann will know, he told me the other day about 2 other Bellarmine pupils who are closely involved with Celtic, they went to his primary school St Vincents.

  15. Margaret McGill on

    The Green Man says SACK THE Board on 17th February 2016 8:04 pm

     

     

    I second your proposal!

  16. DJ67

     

     

    I am the Dunky. Delaney was my grandad.

     

    I might be lazy, but I wear steel toe cap doc martins. :)

  17. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Dallas Dalla

     

    Thanks for info re Bein sports. Didn’t catch the co commentators name but he was Irish and not the Geordie eejit

  18. mike in toronto on

    Delaneys Dunky on 17th February 2016 7:06 pm

     

     

    WITS

     

     

    I have seen Edie and her bro Francis Reader of The Trashcan Sinatras at many Celtic matches home and away. They are good Tims.

     

    ***

     

     

    TCS are possibly my favourite band. Just got a lyric sheet signed by them, framed and put up on the wall here.

     

     

    They did a show for about 40 people at a friend’s house in Toronto a few years backs. We all had dinner etc., so had a chance to chat with them. Really, really nice lads. I seem to recall that the Readers lived in Glasgow, but moved out to Irvine (but I cant remember at what age they moved).

  19. Delaneys Dunky.

     

    I couldn’t help myself. Wikipedia Eddi.

     

    Born 1959 in Glasgow, moved to Arden in 1965 and then to Ayrshire in 1976, so both of us can claim to be correct.

     

    Almost certainly she would have attended Bellarmine as Arden is/ was in the catchment area.

     

    Hail Hail.

  20. JNP

     

     

    Trashcan Sinatras and Fairground Attraction were marketed as bands fae Irvine. The Readers may have come fae the sooside?

     

    Love the Thornliebank and Carnwadric Tims.

     

    Saint Vincent’s is a lovely wee parish.

     

    Hail Hail

  21. STAIRHEEDRAMMY on 17TH FEBRUARY 2016 8:17 PM

     

    If Sevco played Rangers who would get the most penalties?

     

     

    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/ajer-on-board-as-strategy-rolls-forward/comment-page-5/#comment-2779103

     

     

    It would turn into a 90 minute Penalty Shootout.

     

     

    Sevco will win, mind you as Rangers have no players. Although i am pretty sure there is a keen Gardener out there somewhere, mowing lawns, trimming bushes, whispering obscenities into the ear of a Greggs Pie.

  22. MiT

     

     

    I first saw The Trashcan Sinatras in Curlers Byres Road. There were about 30 other fellow students there. The spliffs got sparked and shared with the band. Wonderful performance. I have loved TCS ever since. :)

  23. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Delaneys Dunky on 17th February 2016 8:28 pm

     

     

    Aaah The Curlers

     

    My first underage beer.

     

    “Two Piper Export, please.”

     

     

    Warm beer.Shitty taste.

     

    A triumph nevertheless.

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

    HT

     

     

    Remember kris is English and probably c of e .

     

     

    Just thinking that of I could have picked my own Christian name I would be Jesus

  25. DALLAS DALLAS

     

     

    Sorry was watching Roma.

     

     

    Dont think they asked him about deid team game

     

     

    but hes 17

     

     

    he talking in a foreign tongue and they ask him

     

     

    If hes ok if Ronnie isnt going to be about and was anyone else

     

     

    interested in him.

     

     

     

    a joke

  26. MacJay

     

     

    My first underage pint was with my pal fae Saint Thomas Aquinas. We took a half day one Friday and went to the Dry Dock to meet his older brother who was a Yarrow apprentice. Two pints of heavy in my deepest voice was requested. That pint was the most delicious I have ever tasted. :)