Rodgers hints Kristoffer Ajer could switch position after pre-season experiment

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

Kristoffer Ajer has started his Celtic career - at centre back.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told the Daily Mail that midfielder Kristoffer Ajer could end up playing at centre back in the future.

Norwegian wonderkid Ajer, 18, hit 14 goals in 59 games for IK Start, triggering interest from around Europe - but it was Celtic who landed him back in February.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

Ajer signed a deal to join Celtic in the summer, meaning he's spent the last few months playing with Start - and he has now proven to be former manager Ronny Deila's final signing as Celtic manager.

Norwegian Deila was a huge factor in Ajer's decision to join the Bhoys, but now it's over to new boss Brendan Rodgers to nurture and develop the young midfielder.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers poses with the Celtic shirt after the press conference

At least, he was a midfielder. Ajer stands at a giant 6ft 5in tall and possesses great athleticism, meaning he played either as a central midfielder or even in a more advanced role as a playmaker.

However, Ajer has played two pre-season games for Celtic so far, and he has played both games at centre back in what appears to be a tactical experiment from new manager Rodgers.

The Northern Irishman used a similar tactic with Emre Can at Liverpool, dropping him back into defence - and he has hinted that Ajer's move into the back four could be a long-term option.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

Rodgers has told the Daily Mail that he hasn't decided where Ajer's long-term position will be, but jokingly ruled out the prospect of him playing at right back.

Rodgers added that his size and ability on the ball could mean he plays at centre back in the future, but wants to see him add some more aggression to his game before making a concrete decision on a position switch.

"We’ll see where he fits in. He’s 6ft 5in so I don’t think he’s going to be a right-back!" said Rodgers. "I just see him as a good footballer. At his size, being very comfortable on the ball, once you get that aggression into your game, it’s a position he could play very well," he added.

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