Chris Sutton offers his verdict on two Celtic targets


Kristoffer Ajer of IK Start and Manchester City youngster Patrick Roberts are on Celtic’s radar in the January transfer window.

Chris Sutton has suggested in The Daily Record that Kristoffer Ajer would be a good signing for Celtic.

According to Herald Scotland, the IK Start midfielder has been on trial with the Scottish Premiership giants for a while.

Ajer is a 17-year-old midfielder who has been playing first-team football for Norwegian side Start since 2014.

Former Celtic striker Sutton has suggested that the Norwegian teenage talent would be a good long-term investment, just like 24-year-old defender Erik Sviatchenko, who joined from FC Midtjylland earlier this month.

However, the former England international does not back the idea of the Bhoys signing Patrick Roberts on loan from Manchester City.

“That (Sviatchenko) was exactly the type of signing Deila said that he wanted, it ticked all of the boxes for the long-term planning and should work on all levels,” Sutton wrote in The Daily Record.

“Kristoffer Ajer might also fall into that category but not Patrick Roberts from Manchester City on loan for the rest of the season. At first glance, it meets none of the criteria which Deila had set out for signings in this window.

“He wouldn’t be part of the long-term plans, he wouldn’t be there to help the squad in the Champions League qualifiers and he does not fit the club’s business model. That’s because he can’t be improved then sold on for a large fee as he’s actually the property of City.”

According to BBC Sport, Celtic have agreed an 18-month loan deal for City winger Roberts. The 18-year-old is a talented young player, but he is far from the finished article that the Glasgow giants need in order to win the Champions League qualifiers in the summer.

Moreover, a loan deal means that Celtic would be developing Roberts for the long-term benefit of City.

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