By Alex McLeish

26th Dec, 2020 | 8:00am

McLeish Exclusive: Rangers will be buzzing if Celtic £12m sale is sealed - 'He'd Be Big Loss'

Alex McLeish has claimed Rangers and the rest of the Scottish Premiership will be buzzing if Celtic sell Kristoffer Ajer during the January transfer window.

The former Rangers and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has insisted the 22-year-old would be a “big loss” for Neil Lennon after establishing himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet at Parkhead.

Goal.com report that French outfit OGC Nice are plotting to raid the Bhoys for the centre-back next month, with the Hoops said to have put a £12million price tag on his head.

Ajer has started all but one of Celtic’s 16 top-flight fixtures this season, while he has a total of 155 appearances across all competitions under his belt for the Bhoys.

McLeish has suggested the Norwegian ace still needs to work on being more consistent in his performances but that he would still be sorely missed by Lennon should he be sold.

“I think he would be a big loss,” McLeish told Football Insider.

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“Despite recent form, which you have to allow for – players can’t be phenomenal every week, although if he is going to be a top, top player then his consistency has to be like 40, 50 games a season at the top level.

“He will be learning that as well he is still a young man, an ambitious guy and if Celtic were to lose him then that would be a real boost to the rest of the teams in the country, including Rangers.”

Ajer has won three league titles, two Scottish Cups and three League Cups during his time at Parkhead, while he has also picked up 19 caps for Norway.

He has been battling with the likes of Shane Duffy, Christopher Jullien, Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed for a starting role at the heart of the defence this term.

In other news, Alan Hutton has savaged senior figure ‘Upsetting the applecart’ at Celtic.