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Noa Lang has made it clear he plans to become a first-team regular at Ajax this season despite interest from Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, according to AD.

Even with Hakim Ziyech completing his big-money move to Chelsea, forcing your way into the heart of Erik ten Hag’s XI could be easier said than done.

Zakaria Labyad enjoyed an impressive pre-season at the Eredivisie giants while, in Mohammed Kudus, Ajax have also signed a golden boy nominee with a startling goalscoring record from his box-to-box role.

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Brazilian wonderkid Antony is the club’s new £18 million record signing and, further forward, Quincy Promes, Dusan Tadic and David Neres are all staying put.

However, such intense competition hasn’t stopped the adaptable Lang from dreaming of a regular role in Ten Hag’s first team after an impressive loan spell at FC Twente.

“(Ten Hag) thinks I came back from Twente as an adult. He also talks to me a lot at the club. I get compliments,” says Lang, who scored a hat-trick on his full Eredivisie debut in December.

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“Ajax sees it in me. They give me a lot of confidence. It is not negotiable for the coach that I am leaving. He told me and my agent (that I have to stay).

“I’m just not working on that (a transfer). I’m trying to make it happen here. Ajax is and remains my dream.

“I want to play weekly – that’s why I keep everything open – but my intention is definitely to stay here. I fight hard for as many minutes as possible. I want to make it happen here at Ajax.”

Goal reported in August that Celtic were interested in the Netherlands U21 international but, in truth, he would hardly be guaranteed a key role under Neil Lennon at Parkhead either.

Especially with Moi Elyounoussi returning from Southampton to nail down his place in Lang’s favoured left-wing role.

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Celtic’s record transfer sales

  1. Kieran Tierney

    £25 million (Arsenal)

  2. Moussa Dembele

    £19.7 million (Lyon)

  3. Victor Wanyama

    £12.5 million (Southampton)

  4. Virgil van Dijk

    £11.5 million (Southampton)

  5. Fraser Forster

    £10 million (Southampton)

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