Whelan: Ajer 'has to go' after bringing 'disease' to Celtic

Noel Whelan claims Celtic should have sold Kristoffer Ajer last summer as his negativity ran through the club like a disease. 

The former Leeds and Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the defender has played his last game for the club.

In March 2020, Ajer’s agent said the defender “will not extend his contract with Celtic and will leave this summer” (Scottish Sun).

However, Ajer remains a Celtic player and played a big role in their poor season under both Neil Lennon and John Kennedy.

Whelan claims Ajer was part of the problem as the Hoops suffered one of their worst ever seasons.

When asked if Ajer had played his last game for Celtic, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, “Absolutely.

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“He should have played his last game before the start of the season.

“When a player comes out and tells you he wants to leave the football club. I’m sorry, you’ve got to go straight away. 

“This is part of the problem. They have kept so many players who don’t want to be there. 

“If they don’t want to be there, you should get shot of them straight away. 

“There’s a negative feeling there and to me, that’s part of the problem. You can’t have that in a football club. 

“It’s not a good vibe. It’s in the media, it gets talked about. It’s a disease. He definitely has to go now.”

Ajer made 46 appearances in all competitions this season.

He performed well in the post-split campaign, picking up one goal and two assists in four outings.

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