Celtic line up January midfielder deal
By Dominic Toner
Celtic are considering sending youngster Kristoffer Ajer on loan in January.
The 18-year-old has made just one senior appearance this season and has been restricted to the club’s youth team.
The midfielder arrived at Celtic Park in the summer after signing a pre-contract under ex-manager Ronny Deila.
Manager Brendan Rodgets has revealed that he is prepared to allow Ajer to leave the club on loan if the right suitors are interested, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I’ll consider it. There is a possibility,” Rodgers said. “I think players, like Kristoffer, would benefit from six months here to see how we work and what is expected at Celtic.
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“But it also comes to a point where they need game time, and it must be at the correct club where they can develop.”
Ajer represented Norway’s Under-18 side during the international break and impressed supporters on Twitter after scoring a wonderful goal.
The central midfielder faces a tough test to force his way into the first-team, with Scott Brown, Tom Rogic, Nir Bitton, and Callum McGregor above him in the pecking order.
He previously impressed at Norwegian side IK Start and made 60 senior appearances for them, scoring 13 goals and supplying seven assists.
Ajer could well be interested in some regular football away from Celtic as he continues his development.
His current contract is set to expire in 2020 so he could be a player to look out for in the future.
In other Celtic transfer news, their playmaker could be the latest player to transfer between the club and a Premier League elite side.