Celtic teenager Kristoffer Ajer set for senior international call-up

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

The young Celtic centre-back has played himself into international contention.

Kristoffer Ajer of Celtic is challenged by Jason Holt of Rangers during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow,...Kristoffer Ajer of Celtic is challenged by Jason Holt of Rangers during the recent Glasgow Derby

Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer, 19, is set to earn his international debut in the upcoming March internationals, having caught the attention of Norway manager Lars Lagerback with his recent performances according to the Daily Record.

Celtic have endured a terrible time this season in terms of injuries at the back with Erik Sviatchenko, Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic all having spent periods on the side lines. Having trialled full-backs and central midfielders as make shift centre-halves earlier in the season, manager Brendan Rodgers decided to put full trust in Ajer over the festive period, handing him a start in the derby of derbies against Rangers last month.

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Lars Lagerback of Norway during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Norway and Northern Ireland at Ullevaal Stadion on October 8, 2017 in Oslo, .Norway boss Lars Lagerback has been extremely impressed with Ajer's performances

With the game ending 0-0, Ajer’s performance proved his selection to be the right decision and ultimately fired the teenager into the frame for international selection.

Speaking to the media Lagerback’s Norway assistant Per Joar Hansen said: “Kristoffer is a player we have been following closely.

“Lars and I spoke about him over the Christmas period and I can tell you that Lars has been really impressed he is now playing for Celtic. For him to get into the team at such a young age is really good for him.”

Kristoffer Ajer of Norway during training at Marienlyst Stadion  on October 9, 2017 in Drammen, Norway.Kristoffer Ajer has represented Norway at every level from u16s to u21s

At 6ft5 Ajer is a serious physical presence but also calm and composed on the ball, as he demonstrated against Rangers, playing the ball out from the back on numerous occasions.

Hansen went on to add: “there are vacancies in central defence and there’s no doubt he is in our thoughts for the next squad announcement.”

Having waited patiently to show what he can do at Celtic, it now seems Ajer is about to excel for both club and country.

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