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Ajer looking forward to making further progress under Rodgers' watch

 

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer believes he has come of age in 2017 and is continuing to improve under boss Brendan Rodgers.

The 19-year-old signed from Norwegian outfit Start on a four-year deal in 2016 and was loaned out to Kilmarnock for the second part of last season.

He returned to Parkhead in the summer and was impressive alongside central-defensive partner Dedryck Boyata in the 3-0 Ladbrokes Premiership win over Aberdeen on Saturday.

The victory at Celtic Park stretched the Hoops' lead at the top of the table over the second-placed Dons to eight points and they prepare to travel to Dundee today before an Old Firm derby against Rangers at Parkhead on Saturday.

Rodgers described Ajer's performance as "brilliant" before the teenager reflected on the importance of the last 12 months and his manager to his career.

"2017 has been my best year in terms of improvement," said the Norway Under-21 player.

"When I came here I was a young boy and now I feel I am coping well with how the gaffer wants me to play and how the team is playing.

"It feels really good to play games here for Celtic.

"It is such a fantastic club, playing in front of 60,000 was unbelievable.

"He (Rodgers) believes in everyone, he believes in me and that is a really good feeling.

"Celtic is a massive club and there are so many good players here and they are performing well in every game.

"We beat Aberdeen, who are a really good team, 3-0 so we have really bounced back.

"Aberdeen did a great job at the beginning of the game and it was a tough game but now we are looking forward to Dundee."

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