Glasgow Celtic manager Neil Lennon has stated that talk of Kristoffer Ajer leaving the Scottish champions this summer is incorrect and that the defender is happy at Parkhead.
The Norwegian has matured with the Bhoys over the last 12 months and the giant centre-half has played an important role in his side’s substantial lead at the top of the SPFL.
Ajer’s performances have been lauded by the pundits, as the inevitable whispers of a potential move to the Premier League and a Celtic exit start to circulate.
The Norwegian’s agent also stated earlier this week that the 21-year-old would leave Parkhead at the end of the season.
Despite this, Celtic boss Lennon has moved to quell talk of Ajer being sold by the Hoops.
“I’ve heard about the comments and I’m aware of it,” the Daily Record quote the Bhoys manager as saying.
“At the end of the day the club will decide when players go, not agents or players themselves.
“Kris has never made any indication he wants to leave. He’s happy here, he has been playing very well, he has been very consistent.
“I think the agent has shot himself in the foot there. We have Kris tied down to a long-term contract so we’ll decide and not anyone else.
“There hasn’t been any interest in him that I’m aware of, certainly no one has called me about him.”
The former Kilmarnock loanee has been an ever-present for Celtic this season, with Lennon picking the giant defender to start in all 28 league games he has been available for.
Ajer’s versatility and ability on the ball has allowed the Hoops to switch formation this term, with a change to a back three heralding an impressive domestic run for the Scottish champions since the new year.
Moving forwards, if Celtic want to continue to be the top team in Scotland and look to complete a tenth consecutive title win in 2020-21, keeping their best players at Parkhead is a must.
Ajer has all the attributes to make him a success in English football, but at the end of the day Lennon is correct – it will be the Hoops hierarchy that decide the player’s future.