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BRENDAN BACKS ‘FANTASTIC’ AJER

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BRENDAN RODGERS has defended Kristoffer Ajer over his lapse in allowing Hamilton Accies to equalise in Celtic’s eventual 2-1 win yesterday.

The 19-year-old Norwegian centre-half was caught square as Rakeesh Bingham punished a rare moment of slackness.

Rodgers, though, backed the international and said: “We have so many young players who are learning the game and Kris has been absolutely fantastic.

“He just switched off for that moment, squared himself up and a quick player will get in behind you. He’ll learn from that.”

Ajer came into the side following the 4-0 flop against Hearts at Tynecastle in December and has been an ever-present, playing in 20 consecutive games.

Rodgers added: “It’s been a real challenging season for us physically and the boys have been brilliant.”

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