Does Celtic's interest in Reading's Liam Moore suggest Kristoffer Ajer is under threat?

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic speaks to the media during the Celtic Press Conference prior to the Group B UEFA Champions League match between Celtic and Bayern Muenchen on October 30,...

Kristoffer Ajer's development at Celtic could be under threat as Brendan Rodgers attempts to bring Liam Moore to Parkhead.

Kristoffer Ajer of Celtic holds off Eamonn Brophy of Kilmarnock during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park Stadium on October 28, 2017 in...

Kristoffer Ajer looked set to make his mark at Celtic as the 2017/18 season rolled around. The Norwegian youngster had impressed on loan at Kilmarnock in the second half of last season and, after making a positive impression in pre-season, appeared to be ready to force his way into Brendan Rodgers’ first-team plans.

And Ajer's prospects were only enhanced with Celtic enduring something of a never-ending injury crisis at the start of this season. But even with Jozo Simunovic, Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko all spending extended periods on the sidelines, the 19-year-old's chances have been surprisingly restricted.

Even midfielder Nir Bitton has started at centre-back ahead of Ajer in recent months.

James Rodríguez of Bayern Munich vies with Nir Bitton of Celtic during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern Muenchen at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in...

On borrowed time?

And with the Daily Record reporting that Brendan Rodgers has made Reading centre-back Liam Moore his priority in the January transfer window, Ajer may find himself falling ever further down the pecking order.

Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (L) controls the ball under pressure from Reading's English defender Liam Moore (R) during the English FA Cup third round football match...

Reading manager Jaap Stam told the Reading Chronicle that he would be loathed to lose one of the Championship’s most solid centre-backs in the New Year. But a £5 million bid from Celtic may give The Royals food for thought.

Either way, Celtic’s burning desire to add a new defender to their ranks suggests that Rodgers is unlikely to fast-track Ajer into the starting XI anytime soon.

"The transfer window opens on January 1, so I'll talk to Rodgers and hear what the plan is for me," Ajer, who has made just four appearances this season, said in quotes reported by the Daily Record.

For now, it appears that another loan move away from Celtic is Ajer's only route into regular first-team football.

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