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11th Mar, 2018 | 10:50am

'I was really proud' - Manager raves about Celtic defender

The man who gave Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer his big break in football has hailed the Norwegian teenager for his performances since he broke into the Hoops first-team.

Former IK Start manager Mons Ivar Mjelde, who is now in charge of Asane, has been massively impressed with the progress Ajer has made since he became a first-team regular for the Hoops following the 4-0 loss to Hearts in December,.

Ajer has been the one constant in the Hoops backline since that game, being a stand-out performer in the defence in that time and Mjelde was particularly impressed with how the 19-year-old performed in the Europa League clash v Zenit.

“I watched him play against Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League first leg a few weeks ago and I was really proud of his performance” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“At 19, he showed a calm head and great maturity. He is progressing well at Celtic and there is more to come.”

Ajer is expected to play a key role for the Hoops in Sunday’s Old Firm clash at Ibrox, where a win for the Bhoys would see them all but clinch their seventh league title in a row.

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Football Insider verdict

Ajer has been superb since he came into the Hoops side. He has put the far more experienced likes of Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata to shame with his performances, and looks to be one of the leaders of the side already. The way he has managed to play so well alongside a variety of centre-back partners is of great credit to the youngster, who looks to have a huge career ahead of him. He has recovered well from any setbacks he has faced in his young career so far, and of all the players set to start at Ibrox Rodgers will be confident that Ajer will be able to handle the pressure, in what is sure to be a tense game. 

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