Incoming Celtic signing Kristoffer Ajer expresses belief in Ronny Deila stay, hours before departure confirmed

The Norwegian teen was looking forward to working with the departing Celtic boss.

Celtic have confirmed in a statement this morning that head coach Ronny Deila will be leaving his post as head coach at the end of the season.

The Norwegian’s future at the club has been in doubt for some time now and the news will not come as a surprise to many.

Although Kristoffer Ajer might be taken slightly aback by the news.

The teenager is joining up with Celtic in the summer after agreeing a move from IK Start. Deila was influential in getting this deal done and Ajer was no doubt looking forward to working with his countryman.

Just today he told Fædrelandsvennen in his homeland that he felt Deila would be the manager at Celtic next season, just hours before Deila's departure was confirmed:

“I reckon that Ronny will be the coach when I go there.

“I've had a good dialogue with Ronny whole way, and he said before I signed that I would be focused on. I think that the same applies now.”

Obviously that is now not the case. But the teenager went on to comment on the potential departure of Deila and insisted that he will still be giving his all to the club, with or without Deila:

"The same applies if I play under Ronny or another coach, to get playing time must I perform.”

Ajer is a top talent and Celtic will still be hopeful that he can go on to become a star in Scottish football

Whoever gets the job in Deila’s place will undoubtedly know that.

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