Celtic youngster Kristoffer Ajer is set to be handed his first senior cap Norway cap by Lars Lagerback who revealed that the Hoops youngster will be even younger than when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was first selected for Sweden.
The 19-year-old only played in his first Old Firm derby at the end of December and looked an exciting prospect.
Swedish legend and current Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic made his first senior international start against the Faroe Islands at the age of 21.
The 6ft 5in hitman scored 62 goals during his international career which made him Sweden’s highest ever scorer before retiring in 2016.
Ajer meanwhile has made just 12 appearances for the Hoops after returning to Parkhead this summer following a six-month loan stint at Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock.
But despite the Norwegian’s age and lack of experience, the national coach sees no reason to keep him from making his senior debut on the international stage.
“Kristoffer is a very promising player. Being as advanced as he is at the age of 19 is very unusual,” said Lagerback in the Scottish Sun.
“It doesn’t matter to me that he is only 19. Absolutely not. Age does not matter.
“As long as he performs well, I don’t care what year he was born.
“I’ve never had such young players before in my time as international manager.
“I believe that both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Freddie Ljungberg were 21 years before they got the chance with Sweden.”
The Scandinavians are due to play two friendlies against Australia and Albania in March and Lagerback hinted that the Hoops starlet could be selected for the matches.
Norway will not be going to Russia for World Cup 2018 which will give them an opportunity to experiment with new faces – Ajer being one of them.
In other Celtic news, UEFA name Tierney as one to watch in 2018.
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