Celtic's teenage prodigy Kristoffer Ajer has won his first international call up to the Norway senior team, after rising to prominence with the Hoops this season.
Still only 19, Ajer, who was signed before the Brendan Rodgers era by Norwegian coach Ronny Deila, has enjoyed a run in the first-team this season and has looked calm and assured, playing well beyond his years and becoming Celtic's best defender.
The Norwegian spent much of last season's treble-winning campaign on loan at Kilmarnock, picking up some valuable experience starting week in, week out in the Scottish Premiership, which has clearly stood him in good stead for the current term.
Ajer, who can also be deployed in central midfield if necessary, has been capped at every level of Norwegian youth football, and last year won five caps for the under-21 side.
The 19-year-old joins a national team captained by former Celt Stefan Johansen, who has developed into one of the finest performers in the Championship with Fulham after three impressive seasons in Glasgow with the Hoops.
Fellow Celtic centre-half Erik Sviatchenko, who is currently on loan with FC Midtjylland, was quick to take to Twitter to congratulate his teenage counterpart, while many other Bhoys fans also gave their congratulations.
Proud of you my friend @KristofferAjer ! First call-up to the Norwegian National Team— Erik Sviatchenko (@eriksviat) 13 March 2018
Here is a round up of the reaction:
Well done big man well deserved, Starting to look the part— Barry Bhoy ⭐ (@Barry_John_1967) 13 March 2018
Norwegian Maldini— John Hodgkiss (@19jhodgkiss) 13 March 2018
boy looks so comfortable in a Celtic jersey great young promising defender well done @KristofferAjer— Ryan mccormick (@rydomc3711) 13 March 2018
Well done big man— john williams (@GSRHighlander) 13 March 2018
Well done Kris, thoroughly deserved— Paolo (@pja7171) 13 March 2018
Very well deserved big fella, one of the first names on the team sheet for me.— Conor (@rowers1111) 13 March 2018
Well deserved. He'll be their leader and captain within no time— Gazzarinho (@gazzarinho1) 13 March 2018
Well deserved on recent performance— Andy Donnelly (@DonnellyAndy) 13 March 2018
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