By Frank McAvennie

26th Jul, 2021 | 11:47am

McAvennie: Ajer 'got bullied by some of the lads' after surprise Celtic details emerge

Frank McAvennie has told former Celtic ace Kristoffer Ajer he needs to toughen up if he is to succeed in England.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Hoops icon reacted as Ajer finally sealed his Parkhead exit.

On July 21st, Celtic announced the defender was leaving the club to join Premier League new boys Brentford.

Football Insider revealed on 21st July that the Hoops agreed a deal worth £17.5million including add-ons for Ajer.

That includes an initial £13.5million fee and over £4million of add-ons.

McAvennie insists Celtic have secured a surprisingly good deal with their sale but claimed Ajer needs to stop getting bullied by strikers.

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“I think it’s a great deal,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“He wanted to leave, when that happens you’ve got to let him go.

“I wish him all the best but I’m not happy with him. He threw his teammates under the bus.

“I didn’t like what he said about a best-ever season when we were as bad as we were.

“But, he was a wonderful player going forward, in the midfield. I can’t work out why he’s a defender.

“He got bullied by even some of the smaller lads. If he’s going to be a success in England he needs to get used to that.

“If he can toughen up he might be able to make something of himself.”

At the end of March, Ajer made controversial comments in which he claimed he was having his best season for Celtic despite the Hoops’ on-field struggles.

He was quoted by the Daily Record as saying, “it may have been my best season [at Celtic]” despite the team’s poor campaign.

In other news, another Brendan Rodgers signing may have a Celtic exit lined up amid a “behind-the-scenes” claim.