Celtic rising star proves Rodgers doesn't have to spend a penny in January
Kristoffer Ajer started only his second Scottish Premiership game of the season against Hamilton on Wednesday night, and was faultless in Celtic’s 3-1 victory.
This is in marked contrast to his more experienced team-mates Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata, both of whom struggled when involved in the match.
Despite only conceding 11 goals in 17 league games so far this season, Celtic’s defence has looked all at sea, particularly in the game against Hibs where the backline went to pieces as Neil Lennon’s sidde came back to earn a point. This problem extends back to last season’s Champions League, and hasn’t been rectified.
With important league games coming up between now and the end of December it seems that the time is now to give rising star Ajer an extended run in the team.
The 19-year-old centre-half seems to have a calmness to his style of play that his fellow centre-backs seem to lack.
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He doesn’t panic on the ball, and it isn’t afraid of putting in a good challenge, as shown when he began the move which set up James Forrest’s goal against Hamilton.
The question of who would partner Ajer at the back is one that Brendan Rodgers would have to think hard about but for the moment he should have no qualms at all about giving Ajer an extended run in the side.
We’ll never know how could a player he can be unless he is under pressure and the upcoming matches against Aberdeen and Rangers will be a good test to see if the player has what it takes to make it at Celtic Park.
Rodgers has made it clear that he will have to go out and sign a new centre-back in January, but Ajer proves that the Parkhead boss doesn’t have to spend a single penny.