By Alan Hutton

18th Mar, 2020 | 5:00pm

Celtic Exclusive: Lennon hailed by ex-Ger for shooting down deal broker

Alan Hutton has claimed Celtic manager Neil Lennon has done the right thing by shooting down Kristoffer Ajer’s agent.

The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the uncertainty surrounding the defender has come at a bad time for the Bhoys.

Football Insider exclusively revealed that the 21-year-old has rejected a £25,000-a-week contract offer, the player’s agent stating: “He will not extend his contract with Celtic and will leave this summer.”

Reacting to the comments, Lennon said: “The club will decide when players go, not agents or players themselves. Kris has never given any indication he wants to leave. He’s been playing very well, been very consistent.

“There’s not been any interest in Kris and I think the agent has shot himself in the foot there.”

Hutton insists that while it is not an ideal situation for the Hoops boss, he has dealt with things in the right way.

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Hutton told Football Insider: “I think Lennon, he’s probably done the right thing, he’s come out and said: ‘Look, this is just agent talk. It’s nothing to do with the player, he’s happy, we’re happy.’

“The baggage that comes with agents, I do, in a way, understand what they’re doing. They say they’re trying to do the best for their client but when you act like that it’s going to affect everybody.

“The relationship with the club and the fans, everything, it’s not great timing, to be honest.” 

Ajer has played 49 times for the Hoops across all competitions this season, with a total of 129 appearances at Parkhead.

He has played alongside the likes of Christopher Jullien and Jozo Simunovic this term, Lennon rotating between a back three and a back four.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED a rising star has followed in Ajer’s footsteps in turning down a new deal.