Harald Brattbakk comments on Celtic’s reported interest in Kristoffer Ajer

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IK Start youngster Kristoffer Ajer has been linked with a move to Scottish Premiership giants Celtic.

Harald Brattbakk has told The Scottish Sun that Kristoffer Ajer would be a good signing for Celtic.

According to the British tabloid, Celtic manager Ronny Deila watched the 17-year-old Norway Under-17 international midfielder in action for IK Start against Bodo/Glimt on Sunday.

Former Celtic striker Brattbakk believes that the teenager would be a success for the Scottish Premiership champions, but he has suggested that he would be better off staying at his Norwegian club for now.

“Ronny Deila often speaks of how he likes his team to play with a lot of energy and that makes me believe Ajer would be a good fit for Celtic,” the 44-year-old told The Scottish Sun. “I think he is a very mature player for his age and a lot is expected of him in Norway.”

“Would he go straight into the Celtic side just now?” added Brattbakk. “Probably not as Ronny already has Scott Brown, Stefan Johansen and Nir Bitton. Ajer would maybe be best staying at Start and playing 25-30 games a season.”

Sign him now for future prospects

Ajer is a talented all-round midfielder, but he is only 17 years of age and has a long way to go before breaking into the Celtic first team.

However, this does not mean that the Bhoys should not pursue him or wait for a year or two to sign him.

If Deila believes that the teenager has a bright future, then he should sign him up now and then send him back to Start on loan.

Depending on how Ajer progresses in Norway over the next year or two, Celtic could bring him back and slowly integrate him into the first team.

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