Kristoffer Ajer keen to prove worth


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Central defender Kristoffer Ajer says he is keen to prove his worth to Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers after enjoying a successful loan spell with Kilmarnock last term.

The 19-year-old joined the Scottish giants in February 2016 form Norwegian outfit IK Start, although he is yet to make a senior appearance for Celtic.

Kilmarnock secured the defender’s services in January 2017 on a half-season loan and Ajer impressed during his 16 appearances.

The Norway Under-19 international established himself as a key figure in Lee McCulloch’s side and it’s understood Kilmarnock are keen to take him back to Rugby Park next term.

However, Ajer is eager to stay with parent club Celtic but he admits it will be tough to break into the first team picture off the back of a strong 2016-17 for the Bhoys.

Ajer said: “It has been the best season of my career without a doubt.

“At Celtic, even though I was not playing much, that wasn’t unusual because we have a big squad and there are many who don’t play.

“But I learned so much in a new position. “Next season will be interesting for me. The plan is to return to Celtic this summer.

“I’ll do everything I can to make it at Celtic. Ideally, I want to be in the team, so we will see how it goes.

“They had a crazy season without a single loss so it won’t be easy. But they are a massive club who I want to get back to.

“Celtic have been closely following me and it shows they have faith in me.”

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