Kristoffer Ajer ‘not worried’ by Ronny Deila’s Celtic exit

Kristoffer Ajer isn't too concerned that compatriot Ronny Deila will no longer be at Celtic when he joins the club. Picture: SNS Group
Kristoffer Ajer isn't too concerned that compatriot Ronny Deila will no longer be at Celtic when he joins the club. Picture: SNS Group
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CELTIC new boy Kristoffer Ajer has spoken about his impending arrival in Glasgow and Ronny Deila’s summer exit from the club.

The towering midfielder, who signed a four-year deal with the Hoops in February, joins from Norwegian outfit IK Start, but told a Norwegian newspaper that his countryman’s departure from Celtic would not affect him

Ajer told Nettavisen Sport: “Ronny leaving is no great disadvantage to me. He’s a fantastic coach and he’ll be missed, but I can’t waste any energy on it.

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“I’ll arrive to a new coach who will look at everyone the same, and good performances will decide whether or not I play.”

Ajer, 18, played in Start’s 2-2 draw with Deila’s former club Stromsgodset, and has made over 50 appearances for the Tippeligaen outfit.

He was also appointed captain of Start at the age of just 16.

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Ajer has said previously that he was ‘comfortable’ as the Norwegian side’s skipper, adding: “I look at myself as a captain whether I have the armband or not because I always scream and demand everything from myself and the rest of the players.

“I’m not scared of saying ‘this is me and this is what I stand for’. Now I have to prove myself good enough at Celtic and I am not going to hide behind the rest of the squad.

“I’m told the demands are high here and I am ready for that. I’m ready to try and win every weekend. That’s why I signed. You have to win silverware every year at Celtic and that is what I want to do.”

While able to play in central defence, it is expected that Ajer will perform in the defensive midfield role when he joins Celtic - although he has been utilised as an auxiliary striker in recent games for Start.

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