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AN EARLY LOOK THROUGH THE JANUARY WINDOW 

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BRENDAN RODGERS has revealed he could send out Kristoffer Ajer on loan as the Celtic manager makes plans for what looks like being s busy January transfer window.

The versatile 18-year-old Norwegian arrived at the Hoops in the summer after agreeing a pre-contract agreement in January with former boss Ronny Deila to quit IK Start.

Ajer, who scored on his debut for the Norway Under-19 side in a 9-0 win over San Marino during the week, has yet to start a competitive game under new gaffer Brendan Rodgers.

Asked if he was thinking about moving Ajer onto another club to gain first team experience, Rodgers answered: “I’ll consider it. There is a possibility.

“I think players such as Kristoffer would benefit from six months here to see how we work and what is expected at Celtic . 

“But it also comes to a point where they need game time and it must be at the correct club where they can develop.”

Ajer – who is also studying to be a doctor while in Glasgow – is happy to bide his time at Parkhead and learn his trade under Rodgers and recently said: “Liverpool are really big back home in Norway and I saw the documentary featuring him. 

“I saw that he was great with young players so I look forward to learning more from him.

“For me, it was important that the manager was good with development.

“When Ronny left I wanted a manager who knew about that and Brendan as a manager is perfect.

“I want to learn and develop a lot. I want to play games, of course, but I have to perform in training so I can play in the biggest matches.”

Rodgers has already loaned right-back Saidy Janko to Barnsley for the remainder of the season and others such as Efe Ambrose, Gary Mackay-Steven, Emilio  Izaguirre and Nadir Ciftci could be moved on at the turn of the year.

The Celtic manager spoke on arriving at the club in May about reducing the size of his squad while looking to be ambitious in the transfer market. 

Yesterday Celtic announced that John Park had left the club and many informed supporters regard this as a sign that Rodgers is increasingly in charge of all transfer dealings and is clearly intent on personally choosing who he wants to sign, players who need to go out on loan and who is surplus to requirements.

 
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