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Has Kristoffer Ajer now become Ronny Deila’s best Celtic signing?

Kristoffer Ajer of Norway during training at Marienlyst Stadion  on October 9, 2017 in Drammen, Norway.

Kristoffer Ajer joined Celtic as a 16-year-old, and is now an established member of the first-team squad.

Celtic's Carly Musonda (L) celebrates with Celtic's Norwegian midfielder Kristoffer Ajer at the final whistle during the UEFA Europa League football match between Celtic and Zenit Saint...

Following Kristoffer Ajer’s call up to the Norwegian national team squad at just 19 years of age, the question on supporters’ lips is whether the defender has become former manager Rony Deila’s best signing at the club.

Deila was a surprise choice as Celtic manager, joining the club in the summer of 2014 on a 12-month rolling contract. The 42-year-old only had managing experience in his native Norway, guiding Stromsgodset to their first title in 43 years before joining the Hoops.

Celtic’s decision to hire him was a risk, but they may have felt his knowledge of football across Europe could help the club take on a different direction - and players soon arrived at Celtic Park from the continent.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila reacts on the sideline during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Motherwell FC at Fir Park on April 9, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Stefan Scepovic, Logan Bailly, Erik Sviatchenko and Jozo Simunovic all moved to the Scottish champions for transfer fees, yet only the latter currently remains at the club as a bit-part player.

One player who was brought in during Deila’s reign and has achieved regular football, however, is Norwegian youngster Ajer. The 19-year-old joined as a youth-team player during Deila’s final season in charge, and the 6ft 5inch defender has gone on to establish himself as a regular in the first-team squad – starting 15 SPL games this term.

Lyon's forward Houssem Aouar (R) vies with Celtic's defender Kristoffer Ajer during the pre-season friendly football match between Glasgow Celtic and Olympique Lyonnais at Celtic Park in...


Kristoffer Ajer of Celtic celebrates his team's third goal during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park on January 30, 2018 in Glasgow,...

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