Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer has explained his reasoning for giving a Hoops fan his match-worn strip following the Hoops’ 3-2 win over Rangers at Ibrox.

The 19-year-old, who has been a stand-out for the Bhoys since becoming a first-team regular in December, gave the fan his strip despite objections from the stewards in front of the supporters.

Ajer explained that he wanted to give something back to the support after their backing drove the ten man Hoops side to a memorable 3-2 victory over the biggest rivals.

“When you are playing in front of so many people in such a big match you forget some rules and the people who want to keep you away from the fans,” Ajer said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“I wanted to go to a boy who stood there, that’s how it should be.

“I just said I should deliver a strip. There were no consequences afterwards. I have no idea who the boy was. I just saw that he was a young Celtic supporter who was very happy.”

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Ajer has played 18 games in a row for the Hoops since replacing Jozo Simunovic at the heart of the Hoops defence in December, and his form has been so good that he has earned his first call-up to the senior Norway squad.

Football Insider verdict

Ajer has no need to explain himself, as it wasn’t a surprise that he and his team-mates were so enthused about pulling off such a memorable victory at the home of their biggest rivals. If he had been goading Rangers fans it would be different, but there is nothing wrong with celebrating in front of your own support at the home of your biggest rivals, the Gers players would no doubt do the same if they get a victory in the next Old Firm match in April. Ajer was superb in the Old Firm derby, as he has been in most of his appearances this season, and he had every right to celebrate a tremendous performance in style.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops have been linked with Real Zaragoza centre-forward Borja Iglesias

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