New Celtic signing Kristoffer Ajer has told The Scottish Herald that Ronny Deila urged him to join the Bhoys, labelling them 'the perfect club' for the teenager.
Ajer, 17, has become one of the most highly rated prospects in Europe having starred in his native Norway with IK Start, hitting 13 goals in 47 games - an impressive record for a teenage midfielder.
That record hasn't gone unnoticed, but any interested parties will have been disappointed to see Ajer commit his future to Celtic on Wednesday, penning a four-year deal with the Bhoys.
Ajer will link up with Celtic in the summer, meaning he will work under his compatriot Ronny Deila at Celtic Park, with the Bhoys boss no doubt familiar with what Ajer could do, even before the teenager joined Celtic on trial in January.
Fans are unsurprisingly excited to see Ajer - one of Europe's top wonderkids - in action, and the 6ft 5in midfielder has now opened up about his move to Glasgow.
Ajer has revealed to The Scottish Herald that manager Deila told him that Celtic are the 'perfect club' for him to develop with, and the youngster noted that the possibility of playing first-team football was a factor in his decision to sign for Celtic.
However, Ajer also admitted that Deila warned him that he must prove himself to be good enough for a first-team place, and it's up to the Norwegian prospect to take the opportunity.
"Ronny said Celtic is the perfect club for me to come to," said Ajer. "It’s possible for me to play here, but of course he told me I had to prove myself good enough. You have to be good in training and good when you get the opportunities in matches. Of course I am a part of the squad. But it’s my choice now whether I want to take the opportunity or I don’t," he added.
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