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Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer has been a stand-out for the Hoops since he became a first-team regular in December, after the 4-0 loss to Hearts saw him take the place of Jozo Simunovic in the team.

The 19-year-old ace hasn’t put a foot wrong since then, most recently in the 3-2 win over Rangers, and as a result of his excellent performances the Norwegian is set to hold talks with the Hoops about a new contract, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

Even though his deal at the club runs until 2020, the fact that the Hoops hierarchy are willing to improve his contract already shows how highly they must rate the player.

Of course, there is an ulterior motive behind the player getting his contracted extended at the club – which is if his career continues at the current trajectory then the Hoops could well sell him to an English Premier League club for a huge transfer fee in a few seasons’ time.

The policy at Celtic, as has been the case for years now, is to buy players for a relatively cheap price, and then after a few seasons sell them for at least an eight figure sum.

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This has happened in the cases of Fraser Forster, Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk, all of whom have went on to varying degrees of success in England after all leaving the Hoops for fees in excess of £10million.

Sadly, even though the Hoops are a big club, they are still a stepping stone to a move to England for a lot of players, and Ajer could well be a player who follows in the path of those who went before him in the future.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops are trying to agree a new deal with Ajer

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