When Celtic were drawn to face Valencia in the Europa League round of 32 no one expected it to be an easy tie. The Bhoys let themselves down in the home leg, losing 2-0 and near enough sealing the tie. However, they gave it a really good go in Spain and impressed with their performance, with Kristoffer Ajer shining on the night.
At times the 20-year-old Norwegian can look lost for the Bhoys, but last night it was clear what he was in the side to do and he shone throughout. The youngster is as versatile as they come and has been of great use to Brendan Rodgers this season, being able to fit in at centre-back, holding midfield and right-back when he’s needed, the towering defensive unit has come in handy for the Hoops.
Last night was one of Ajer’s best performance in a Celtic shirt. He may be young and he may have missed a glorious chance to open the scoring at the Mestalla, but when he’s not in the side to score the goals it’s hard to blame him, especially when the youngster was so assured and composed at the back throughout the game. The result may not have been what the fans were after, but the performance was exceptional and Ajer will certainly have played his way onto the radar of some clubs after that display.
You can read the Bhoys’ thoughts on Ajer here:
We might be losing Boyata but tell you what…
Jozo and Ajer might have a future at Celtic after all.
— Celtic Nation (@CelticNation67) February 21, 2019
Ajer has alerted every Spanish club to his attributes tonight!
— StMiley (@StMiley) February 21, 2019
Poor miss from Ajer but the big mans been class
— Michael Canning (@mickcannin) February 21, 2019
Kristofer Ajer has been an absolute Titan this evening
— Future Mrs Weah (@diwalshio) 21 February 2019
Got a lot of time for Ajer
— Kris (@krisc67) February 21, 2019
Ajer will be our best player within the next 3 seasons.
— Aldo (@gauldygauld) February 21, 2019
Apart from the missed aswell ajer was superb
— Gerardinho (@GerryReid95) February 21, 2019
Ajer is a fantastic player btw. What a shift he’s put in..Broony and wee Johnny Hayes tae
— Celtic (@Con_Shaunnery) 21 February 2019
Celtic fans everywhere were delighted with Ajer’s performance and whilst he couldn’t cap it with a goal the fans still loved seeing him play so well.