Kristoffer Ajer has revealed that legendary Lisbon Lion Billy McNeill is the Celtic centre-back he would must like to have played with.
The Norwegian centre-back made the revelation in a Twitter Q&A on the club’s official Twitter account.
When the 19-year-old was asked “Who would you like to have played with, out of all the centrebacks that have played for Celtic?”
— Paul Skelton (@paulskelton181) February 13, 2018
He replied: “The defender I would like to have played with would be Billy McNeill. He, of course, captained the team when Celtic won the Champions League. I’ve heard a lot about him.”
????️ KA: The defender I would like to have played with would be Billy McNeill. He, of course, captained the team when #CelticFC won the @ChampionsLeague. I've heard a lot about him. #AskAjer https://t.co/SAVKk0xr5J
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 13, 2018
McNeill had a legendary career with the Hoops as both player and manager, captaining the side to nine league titles in a row and the European Cup victory over Inter Milan in 1967, whilst he also won four league titles in two separate spells as manager.
Ajer has a massive way to go to emulate McNeill’s career, but the 19-year-old has started his Hoops career very well since replacing Jozo Simunovic in the first team following the 4-0 loss to Hearts in December.
He formed a solid partnership with Dedryck Boyata, which came to an untimely end when the Belgian picked up an injury in the recent 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock.
Ajer also suffered an injury in the match against Kilmarnock, but he recovered in time to play against Partick in the Scottish Cup and he is set to be a key player in the Europa League last 32 first leg clash against Zenit at Celtic Park on Thursday night.
In other Celtic news, Duncan Shearer believes that Ryan Christie should go on loan to England next season