Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer and Mohamed Elyounoussi know each other from Norway duty.
Celtic star Kristoffer Ajer has told TV2 in Norway that Scott Brown actually fines him and Mohamed Elyounoussi if they’re caught speaking Norwegian together.
Neil Lennon wanted to land a winger late in the transfer window, and decided to raid Southampton to take Elyounoussi on loan for the season.
The 25-year-old wide man cost Southampton a considerable £16million fee in 2018 (Telegraph), earning a move to the Premier League having starred in Switzerland with Basel.
So far, Elyounoussi has shown glimpses of his quality, scoring against CFR Cluj last week and emerging as the only bright spark in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Livingston.
Celtic may not be able to land Elyounoussi permanently, but he should give them a real cutting edge this season, and it will be great for him to pair up with defender Ajer.
Both players are in the Norwegian national team, meaning they knew each other before linking up at Celtic, and Ajer has spoken about his teammate back in Norway.
Ajer admitted that it’s ‘brilliant’ to have another Norwegian at the club, but admitted that captain Scott Brown actually fines them if he catches them speaking Norwegian, seemingly wanting to ensure that they mix in with the whole squad rather than become an isolated duo from away from the rest of the team.
Ajer added that he’s been telling Elyounoussi that it’s a physically tough league in Scotland, aiming to prepare him for the rough and tumble of the Scottish Premiership.
“It’s always brilliant to get Norwegians up here, and be able to speak some Norwegian,” said Ajer. “We get fines from Scott Brown for Norwegian talking in the dressing room, so that’s fine, that. Yes, there are fines every time we speak Norwegian.”
“I’ve been trying to tell Moi that this is a physically tough league, he got some scrapes as soon as he came up here, and that’s how it’s like to play here. You get tackled and shut up, but you have to get used to it here,” he added.