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20th Feb, 2018 | 10:07am

Celtic breakthrough act now indispensable, could prove key to beating Zenit

Celtic’s last two matches could well be seen as a microcosm of their season.
The pulsating, exciting 1-0 Europa League victory over Zenit being followed up with the drab 0-0 draw against St Johnstone on Sunday.
Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers made plenty of changes to his side for the match against the Saints, but one player who played in both matches, and indeed was a stand-out in both games was Kristoffer Ajer.
The 19-year-old Norwegian centre-back has quickly become indispensable since winning a place in the first-team following the 4-0 loss to Hearts in December.
The breakthrough act has formed a solid partnership with Dedryck Boyata that was only curtailed due to the Belgian’s injury,and is now attempting to form an alliance with the man he replaced in the Hoops team, Jozo Simunovic.
Ajer has played every match he has been involved in for the Hoops without fear, and that has lead to some excellent performances, indeed he is currently one of the few players at the club who is playing near the best of their ability.
His fearlessness at such a young age is set to be key in the second leg against Zenit, when the Bhoys can expect to be under severe pressure from the outset.
If the player manages to keep his composure like he has done so far in his Hoops career, and his team-mates do the same, the chances of the Bhoys defeating Zenit are good.
In other Celtic news, Charlie Nicholas believes that Zenit will defeat Celtic in the second leg
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