KRISTOFFER AJER should stay at Celtic – that’s the hope of former Hoops striker Harald Brattbakk.

The Norwegian believes his fellow-countryman has a wonderful future at the champions, but admits he will understand if he moves on at some point.

Brattbakk, who was part of the Henrik Larsson-inspired team that stopped 10-in-a-row for Walter Smith’s Ibrox outfit in 1998, has kept a close watch on the progress of the 22-year-old international defender since his move to Parkhead from FK Start in 2015 when he was bought by Ronny Deila.

He insists Ajer has the qualities to play at the highest level in Europe’s leagues and hasn’t been surprised the towering centre-back has been linked with AC Milan and Atletico Madrid as well as Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City.

Brattbakk, speaking to the Sunday Mail, said: “My heart says Ajer should stay at Celtic. In fact, my heart says EVERY good player should stay at Celtic.

“But my head says if he wants to move on he should be able to. It’s also a question for the club, if they see him as part of their future plans – or they want to get some money for him.

“If it’s the latter then it would obviously be wise to sell him. Whether that’s in January or next summer I don’t know.

“But Ajer is still a young player. The people in Norway believe he’s good enough to play in one of Europe’s big leagues.

“Over the years, we’ve had players perform well in Scotland and we’ve wondered if they’re good enough for the next level – and they have been. I was lucky enough to play with some of the greatest players Celtic ever had, so it’s possible.

“I’d like Ajer to stay for a long time at Celtic, but if he wants to move on I understand it, as well.”

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