Celtic

Celtic should tie Kristoffer Ajer down to a new contract, according to Frank McAvennie.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 22-year-old is “one of the few players” he wouldn’t mind staying at the club this summer.

Ajer has been one of Celtic’s few bright sparks this season and only Callum McGregor (3780) has played more minutes than Norwegian centre-half (3363).

He will have just 12 months left on his contract at Parkhead come the summer and the club could opt to cash in then, rather than risk losing him on a free in June 2022.

McAvennie would like Ajer to extend his stay at the club as he has “a lot of great attributes”.

“I wouldn’t mind the boy Ajer getting a new contract and staying,” he told Football Insider. “I think he’s a great player.

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“We’ve struggled a lot from set pieces this season. At least Ajer is a big lad and he can also come out with the ball. He has a lot of great attributes.

“I would like him to stay. One of the few players who I would not mind staying at the club for next season.”

Speaking to BT Sport on Ajer’s future, Celtic’s interim boss John Kennedy said: “Kris isn’t overly thinking about his future. For him it’s just about giving his best wherever he is.

“I’ve no doubt that there will be interest in him. He’s still very young and he’s an international player.”

In other news, a Stoke insider drops his verdict on Michael O’Neill potentially landing the Celtic job after a development.