Kristoffer Ajer

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  1. Notorious Gold Member Gold Member

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    THE Scottish Premiership will pause this week for the international break, and Kristoffer Ajer is one of many Celts away on international duty.

    The break will give some players returning from injury, such as Callum McGregor, some much needed game-time while others, such as Ryan Christie, can make the final preparations for their return without missing any more games.

    “We’ve had some injuries in the team and this is something all teams have to contend with,” Ajer told this week’s Celtic View. “The team has coped well throughout that time and we’ve continued to get results.

    "One of our biggest strengths is the quality of our squad. We have a good-sized squad with players training every day at a high level.

    “Whenever anyone gets the chance they’re always ready and that makes a real difference in helping to maintain the current form in the team. All of the players in the squad have shown that they’re good enough at this level when they come into the team.

    “We have some important players coming back now which is important as we come into the final stretch of the season.”

    Ajer has joined up with the Norway squad and is hoping to add to his six caps in the next two international fixtures, including one when he’ll come up against a familiar face.

    “Norway have two European Championship qualifiers this week,” said Ajer. “The first is Spain away and then we face Sweden at home. They are two really tough games but they are very exciting to be a part of.

    “Spain away will always be a very difficult game. They are one of the best teams in the world so we’ll need to be very organised and disciplined to take something from the game.

    “Sweden did excellent in the last big tournament. They are a strong side and will be wanting to win themselves. To play these two teams is a fantastic achievement for me and I’m really proud to be involved.

    “Spain have exceptional players all over the pitch. We aren’t concentrating on them though; we just think about ourselves. We’ll be playing them at the Mestalla so I’ll be back in familiar surroundings. It’s a fantastic stadium and a beautiful pitch to play on.

    “Three days later is the big rivalry up north in Scandinavia. To play Sweden at home is a special game for the whole country. Hopefully I can beat the Swedish guy in the Celtic squad!

    “It’s a rivalry between not just myself and Mikael but the two countries. I’m really looking forward to that one. My whole family are coming so it’s a big occasion for everyone. I haven’t been saying too much to Mikael before this. They probably look at themselves as favourites but that suits us perfect.”
     
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    Maybe not the biggest surprise, but Ajer is starting against Spain according to TV2
     
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    Saw loads of Norwegians on Twitter saying they need to find a good partner for him. Sounded like he was their best player on the night.
     
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    Looked good, a couple of positional errors but the other cb did him no favours at all, had a good game tho and for me was there best player too

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    Jarstein was the best Norwegian player out there yesterday imo, but Ajer looked solid. Looked fairly calm when put under pressure, but had some errors too. He's getting better by the game and I'm happy he's not just a man for the future but a man for the now for club and country.
     
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    We'd be mad to have him on the bench and Toljan on the park on Sunday.
     
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    I don't think so.
    Ajer still has a lot to learn yet.
    Not saying Toljan knows it all as he is a newcomer.
     
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    I just think Toljan has shown nothing to suggest he can be trusted in this game. Ajer is the much better player and showed he can play that position in Valencia.
     
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    Ajer is a good young prospect, but he is still a prospect with loads still to learn about rudimentary defending. I guess some of that can be attributed to Rodgers converting Ajer from a defensive midfielder to a centre back, that takes a bit of adjustment, if it is possible at all.
    Ajer still gets turned too easily by street wise and agile forwards for my liking and goes to ground too easily too, classic mistakes by a defender. That needs drummed out of him by the Celtic coaching staff if he wants to have a memorable future at Celtic park.
    And I don't think he has performed that well in hun matches to date. You need a certain kind of temperament for those games.
    Lots to learn yet.
     
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    Totally get your criticisms. He's not the finished article yet by any means. Toljan though is yet to show that he has any idea how to defend. He constantly makes the same mistakes, allowing the runner to get inside him (which is what led to his red card in Valencia). He also never looks like he wants the ball anywhere near him. Shirking responsibility because of past mistakes is not the kind of attitude needed in the Glasgow Derby.

    Ryan Kent has the ability to turn him inside out if we give him the chance.
     
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    I get your points, and they are good , valid points.
    Still. We don't have too many good options at right back.I thought Toljan was unlucky in Valencia because the guy basically run into the back of Toljan and the home loving ref impulsively whipped out another yellow.
    I agree Toljan is not the finished article yet, what player is ?. I still feel that Toljan is still adjusting to the new set up and environment, very often foreign players need to feel welcome and accepted in different countries, it all comes down to their nature and temperament. But Toljan has devastating speed which neither Ralston, Lustig or Ajer would have at right back, I feel Ryan Kent would expose that. Put Burke in front of Toljan instead of Forrest and he would get a bit more protection.
    That is my line of thinking. But you are right, it is still a gamble. But sometimes you have to gamble to win in life. A bit of the lesser in this case of the three evils.
     
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    That is very nice of them, I didnt even know Ajer was single
     
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    I don't think putting Burke infront of Toljan instead of Forrest would give us more protection down that flank. Forrest has played RWB for us under Rodgers in the 3-4-3 formation and he has the stamina than Burke to go up and down the wing for 90 mins.

    Ajer had a great game against Valencia at RB. He was up against Guedes, who is a much bigger threat than Ryan Kent, while being part of 10 man team for 60 minutes. Ajer at RB would get the nod for me with Boyata and Benkovic at CB.
     
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    The flaws in your argument or the flies in the ointment could be that Forrest never plays well against the huns for some peculiar reason but it rips it up against everybody else. And this is not Valencia, this is a Glasgow derby with Lenny as the Celtic manager going head to head with Gerrard for the first time. I don't fancy Ajer at right back for this, as he can be impulsive. I would not like to see us reduced to ten men in this game at all.
     
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    Absolutely OUTSTANDING today. Take a bow son
     
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    Tackle at the end as good as a 30 yard screamer.
     
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    That guy was a * monster last 10 minutes. That tackle on their captain rivals jozos.
     
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