By Tom Blackburn

New Celtic midfielder Kristoffer Ajer has claimed his is proud to be playing at the club after his move from Norway.

The 18-year-old sealed a move to Glasgow from Norwegian club IK Start in January when he signed a pre-contract to commit to a four-year deal.

Formerly of Lillestrom, the youngster cost Celtic £750,000 and he told the Celtic website he cant wait to play in Scotland.

“I’m most looking forward to just being a professional footballer and living out my dream, to walk out at Celtic Park in front of thousands of supporters and hopefully score some goals and celebrate in front of so many people,” Ajer said.

“I do extra training a lot by myself and I always picture this in my head and I really think it will be similar to what I will actually experience at Celtic.

“I am really looking forward to the big change from Norway to playing in front of so many fans. I’m really proud to become a Celtic player.”

The Norwegian played 11 times in the league this season, and despite his young age and IK Start finishing bottom of the Tippeligaen, the midfielder was credited with some mature performances.

Ajer’s new club have won the last five Scottish Premiership titles, but with Rangers returning to the top-flight for the first time in four years the Hoops are preparing for a new challenge to their dominance.

Brendan Rodgers has been brought in to manage the Glasgow giants, and has been linked with a number of signings as they bid to become champions for a sixth consecutive time.

On Thursday morning, Football Insider reported that Rangers had released Carlton Cole as Rodgers continues to get rid of anything he deems dead wood.

In other Celtic news, legend Tom Boyd has given Rodgers a tip on how to extend their gap over Rangers.