Welcome to Celtic Kristoffer Ajer! (NM) pic.twitter.com/hqR6VQmP2W— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) February 17, 2016
Speaking to the Evening Times, former Celtic player and manager Davie Hay has reacted to the signing of Kristoffer Ajer, claiming it does not fix the Bhoys’ current problems.
Hay said: “I have to be honest, I don’t see a 17-year-old Norwegian as the key to Celtic making the group stages of the Champions League. Will he make the difference come these massive games in the summer? I am not so sure.”
Celtic’s success in domestic football is almost guaranteed, and their real task is to compete on the European stage.
The last two seasons have seen the Bhoys not manage to qualify for the Champions League, falling out of the competition at the qualification stage, and then struggling in the Europa League.
Failing to get out of the group stage of the Europa League this season was a real disaster, but even when they reached the knockout rounds last term, it was not good enough.
Celtic are a side who should be playing in Europe’s premier competition, and Deila’s future at Parkhead likely rests on him getting the Hoops into the group stages of the Champions League next term.
For this he needs to strengthen his side, and Ajer - who has played just a handful of games for Norwegian side IK Start - is not the type of player who can single handedly raise Celtic to a new level.
He will become a star, but Deila needs to be signing players who can make an impact right now, otherwise he will surely lose his job at Parkhead before too long.