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Sport Kristoffer Ajer earns incredible praise from Norway Coach

18:10  14 march  2018
18:10  14 march  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Kristoffer Ajer: I'm still trying to learn the words to Celtic songs!

  Kristoffer Ajer: I'm still trying to learn the words to Celtic songs! Defender Kristoffer Ajer has admitted that he’s still trying to learn the words to the songs that the Celtic fans sing on match days. Ajer, who sat in the away end at Ibrox with the Celtic supporters back in September, admitted that he couldn’t join in with the singing as he didn’t know the words. He told the Glasgow Evening Times: “I travelled [to Ibrox] the last time but I wasn’t in the squad. I sat in with the Celtic fans and it was a good experience. We won 2-0, it was a good result – but I wasn’t singing. I am still trying to learn the songs!” Ajer is expected to be on the field, not in the stands, this weekend when Celtic travel to Ibrox to face Rangers in the Glasgow Derby. He said that the game will not be easy and that the visitors need to have the right mentality going into the game. “You need to have the right mentality to play in those games. You need to be focused. You need to focus on the pitch – and not everything else around it. It will be a tough match at Ibrox and it is a big game for both clubs.

Kristoffer Vassbakk Ajer (born 17 April 1998) is a Norwegian footballer who plays for Scottish Premiership club Celtic. Ajer has previously played for Lillestrøm and Start in the Tippeligaen. Ajer was born in Norway and he started his career with Rælingen FK before joining Lillestrøm when he was 10

Player details. First name. Kristoffer . Last name. Vassbakk Ajer . Born. Apr 17, 1998 (19). Celtic FC. Norway U19. Recent matches. May 20.

After giving Kristoffer Ajer his first international call-up, Norway head coach Lars Lagerback believes that the youngster can be a mainstay in the national side for the next 15 years.

As quoted by The Daily Record, Lagerback has thrown praise on his young shoulders but also says the defender should be less ‘high risk’ with his play.

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“I do not know Kristoffer personally, so I’ll be a little careful – but everyone I know has been very positive about his personality. He has a lot of self-esteem, confidence and is the type of character we need to be a successful team. That is the picture I am getting and I can’t wait to get to know him more. If he really wants to, he will become a very strong player for the national team. For someone of his age to be here is unusual in itself, so he needs to keep his feet on the ground and word hard – but he has all the possibilities ahead of him. He can play for 10 or 15 years in the national team.”

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Kristoffer . Last name. Vassbakk Ajer . Nationality. Norway . Date of birth. 17 April 1998. Coach . Age. B. Rodgers.

Nationality: Norway . Height: 1,96 m. Position: Centre-Back. Contract until: 31.05.2020. Current international: Norway U21. Information and facts. Name in home country: Kristoffer Vassbakk Ajer . Date of birth

The 69-year-old could hand an international debut to Ajer in the upcoming friendlies against Australia and Albania.

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After a successful loan spell at Kilmarnock in the second half of last season, the 19-year-old has moved from a midfielder to a central defender under Brendan Rodgers and has broken into the side to make 24 appearances so far this campaign.

Ajer has provided a calming influence on what has been a shaky Celtic rearguard during the year and since the turn of the year, he has been one of the first names on the team sheet as Celtic close in on their seventh league title in a row.

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Inter set to pip Liverpool to Barella's signature .
Liverpool are seemingly set to miss out on the signing of Cagliari star Nicolo Barella this summer. According to a report from Italian news outlet Calciomercato, the young midfielder has identified Inter Milan as his ideal destination ahead of next season. Barella had been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool but a move to Merseyside looks unlikely now, with the Italian Under-21 international eyeing a move to San Siro. The 21-year-old has emerged as one of Italy’s most promising young players and has already established himself as a key man for Cagliari. Barella’s performances in Serie A have piqued the interest of a number of top clubs across Europe, with Liverpool having been touted as a potential destination. Inter will not be able to land the midfielder unless they pay a premium, however. It’s been claimed in recent times that Cagliari will settle for a fee worth no less than around £35m.

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