By Alan Hutton

17th Mar, 2020 | 6:40pm

Exclusive: Celtic £25K-a-week deal rejected, Hutton fumes at the agent

Alan Hutton has been left fuming after Kristoffer Ajer rejected a £25,000-a-week deal and his agent insisted the defender will quit Celtic this summer.

The former Scotland and Rangers defender, talking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that player representatives need to remain out of the public eye.

Speaking last week, the 21-year-old’s agent, Tore Pedersen, told Sporten: “He will not extend his contract with Celtic and will leave this summer.”

Football Insider have since exclusively revealed that the Hoops offered Ajer a new contract deal of £25,000-a-week to remain at Parkhead but that it was turned down.

Hutton has been left frustrated by the agent’s decision to go public over the defender’s future.

“It’s a bit of a strange one, I think he’s been excellent for Celtic, he’s done really well this season,” Hutton told Football Insider.

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“Whether the agent’s quotes have been taken out of context or not, I don’t know. I just think, agents, it just gets in the way, it just causes a problem.

“They just need to keep all that nonsense out and let the player do the talking on the pitch, which he is. You cause uncertainty in the team, with the manager, with the hierarchy. You just don’t need it.

“It puts you off as a player, if that was me I’d be telling my agent to be quiet. It’s affecting everybody. It’s the one area with agents that I don’t like.”

Ajer has made 129 appearances for the Bhoys since joining in 2016, establishing himself as a first-team mainstay in late 2017.

He has played 49 times this season, while he also has 13 caps for Norway under his belt.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED a rising star has followed in Ajer’s footsteps in turning down a new deal.