Kristoffer Ajer claims Deila's departure was a shame, hasn't spoken to Rodgers yet

Celtic manager Ronny Deila

Kristoffer Ajer was sad to see Ronny Deila leave Celtic.

Celtic manager Ronny DeilaFormer Celtic manager Ronny Deila

Celtic-bound midfielder Kristoffer Ajer has told The Scottish Sun that it was a shame to see manager Ronny Deila leave the Bhoys

Ajer, 18, is one of the most highly-rated in prospects in Norwegian football, Having hit 14 goals in 59 games from midfield since joining IK Start from Lillestrom back in 2014.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented to the fans after the press conference

A giant midfielder at 6ft 5in tall, Ajer has been courted by many of Europe's biggest clubs, but it was Celtic who landed his signature back in February, following a successful trial spell in Glasgow.

Ajer will join Celtic later this month, but his Bhoys career won't be starting under the manager who signed him, after Brendan Rodgers replaced Ronny Deila.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila

Deila's knowledge of Norwegian football helped him land Ajer ahead of other big clubs, but he left the Bhoys at the end of last season, with Rodgers swiftly appointed as his successor.

Now, Ajer has told The Scottish Sun that seeing Deila leave Celtic Park was a shame, but he realised when he signed that Deila's position was somewhat uncertain.

The teenager admitted that he and Deila have texted each other since the latter's departure, but he has yet to speak to new manager Rodgers - though he's looking forward to working under the former Liverpool boss due to his track record with young players.

A big screen displaying New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers as he is presented after the press conferenceA big screen displaying New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers as he is presented after the press conference

"Ronny and I have sent some text messages and I just said it’s a shame that these things happen," said Ajer. "I knew when I signed it wasn’t certain he would still be here next season. Maybe we will get the opportunity to work together again later. He is a good coach who has a lot to contribute and I’m sure he will succeed elsewhere."

"It doesn’t matter who the manager is. I just have to concentrate on Celtic. I expect to be on the same level as everyone else. I know I need to perform well to get a chance of playing."

"I have not spoken to Brendan yet, but from what I’ve seen in terms of young players at other clubs he has coached, I look forward to working with him," he added.

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