‘NO REST? NO PROBLEM,’ AJER

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CELTIC defender Kristoffer Ajer will get seven days off before returning to training.

The Norwegian defender will meet up with his international team-mates and has insisted that he has no problems about not having too much of a break this summer.

Ajer, 20, said: “I will have a nice week off before I join up with the national squad. Then I will have time for some relaxation after that.

“I don’t think the manager was concerned me to joining up with Norway.

“It is a bit different for the Scotland boys as they have a lot of travelling to do with their national squad to Peru and Mexico.

“I have a game in Iceland which is only half-an-hour away on a flight and then we play at home in Oslo.

“I can understand where Celtic are coming from because we have played a lot of games this season.”

Ajer was re-introduced to the defence after the 4-0 loss against Hearts at Tynecastle in December and became a mainstay in the back four.

STRIDING OUT…a confident Kristoffer Ajer at Hampden. Pic: Geo.

He reflected: “It has been a really professional season from the squad. To win six trophies in two years is a massive performance from us.

“To be part of this and to play so many games this season has been incredible for me.

“It really means a lot to be a big part of history. You need to keep progressing and next year is another perfect opportunity. This is a great club to learn and improve.”

Ajer was signed by former Hoops boss Ronny Deila, but hasn’t checked in with him of late.

Deila posted a message of congratulations to Celtic on Saturday afternoon via social media and the skyscraper central defender believes he will always owe his countryman a debt.

He added: “I haven’t spoken so much to him lately, but he signed me and that will always be a big thing for me.

“Now I am learning from the gaffer every day and the last two years has been unbelievable.”

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