KRISTOFFER AJER celebrated picking up his first league winner’s medal by agreeing a four-year extension at Celtic.
The towering Norwegian international defender, 20, was delighted to commit his future to the seven-in-a-row champions.
Ajer said: “I wanted to be here at a Celtic and, thankfully, the manager and the club wanted me.
“I’m really happy to sign a new four-year deal. It was never in doubt in my mind when the opportunity came up. I couldn’t be happier and I’m excited to be here for many years to come.
“I’m really happy to be part of one of the biggest clubs in the world. It means a lot to me. Knowing that I’ll have a future at this club feels great because I’ve developed so much here thanks to the manager, staff and players and I want to continue developing in the way I have.
“You want to achieve as much as you can as a footballer and we have a big opportunity to do that against Motherwell in Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final.
“We are obviously focused on the game and what we need to do, but we all know that we have the opportunity to be part of this great club’s history.
“My goal right now are to get as many games as possible for Celtic. It’s a big dream to come through and play week-in-week-out here. I’m hoping to do that more and develop a lot as well with the help of the players and the gaffer.”
HEADS I WIN…Kristoffer Ajer clears from Hearts defender Christophe Berra with a little help from skipper Scott Brown. Pic: Geo.
The youngster added: “It’s a big thing winning my first league trophy. Of course, we wanted to perform better against Aberdeen than we did, but it’s been a long season and we’ve performed very well.
“It’s been two really special years. The gaffer and the rest of the players have helped me a lot. I’m developing every single day at Celtic and it’s the best place for me to be to continue developing.
“We’re motivated for every game we play. We know that Motherwell will make it really tough at Hampden, so we need to be ready for a tough opponent. We respect them a lot. They’ve had a really good season making it to the Final in both Cups.
“That shows their quality and we know we’ll have to be at 100 per cent if we want to win. “
* Ajer was speaking to the official Celtic website.
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