Sport Kristoffer Ajer served Celtic transfer cautionary tale as Kelvin Wilson reveals life after Parkhead regret

09:20  30 may  2021
09:20  30 may  2021 Source:   msn.com

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If Celtic navigate second leg versus Linfield Parkhead club could play Rosenborg. If they face Norwegians Kristoffer Ajer could play in his home country. Like most in a shadow side augmented by Parkhead debuts for the club’s three summer signings, Ajer produced a pretty positive performance in goalless first-half against quality opponents. Fatigue and the impact of mass substitutions then took their toll. Coming just 20 hours after the conclusion of Friday night’s 2-0 win over Linfield, this was mainly an exercise in promoting the fitness of those not part of the starting line-up in Belfast.

Kristoffer Ajer has emerged as a shock transfer target for Real Madrid. Spanish giants are looking for long term replacements for Sergio Ramos. Celtic defender has also attracted attention from PSG, Man City and Leicester. Ajer still has another two years to run on his current deal at Parkhead and Scottish side will be under limited pressure to sell the defender. Standing at nearly two metres tall he possesses an aerial threat but is also comfortable with the ball between his feet. The Norway international has been a big success at Celtic having arrived from Norwegian side Start for around

It’s the only thing Kelvin Wilson would change about his career.

He’s not one for regrets but the former defender knows he should have stayed at Celtic longer.

After two years under Neil Lennon, when he featured in the Champions League for the Hoops, he returned to Nottingham Forest for family reasons in 2013.

But the former Parkhead centre-back now admits he rushed into a move he didn’t have to make.

And that’s why he’s warning current Hoops star Kristoffer Ajer to take his time before deciding to leave Celtic Park.

The Norwegian has been constantly linked with a big-money transfer this summer, with the likes of Newcastle, Leicester, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid all credited with interest.

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Postecoglou is the chief candidate after talks with Eddie Howe fell through. Parkhead club were hopeful of unveiling ex-Bournemouth man Howe this week. Celtic are moving closer to appointing former Australia boss Ange Postecoglou as the club’s new manager. The Greek-born coach has emerged as chief candidate following the collapse of talks with ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe. Celtic had hoped to unveil Howe this week, and now wish to make a swift alternative ahead of the team’s return to pre-season training on June 17.

But despite the huge cloud of uncertainty hanging over the club after their pursuit of Eddie Howe as manager failed spectacularly last week, Wilson has urged Ajer to stay.

Having been through it himself, he says players don’t realise what they’ve got at Celtic until it’s gone.

And that’s why he hopes Ajer doesn’t make a rash decision on his future which could backfire.

Wilson admits he left Glasgow too early.

He understands the lure of bigger wages away from Celtic or the glitz and glamour of the Premier League.

Kelvin Wilson standing in front of a crowd of people watching a football game: Wilson regrets leaving Parkhead so soon © Reuters Wilson regrets leaving Parkhead so soon

But he told MailSport : “Players probably don’t realise what they’ve got at Celtic until they’re not there.

“I read a thing recently from Georgio Samaras where he said, of course, you can go to clubs elsewhere

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Kristoffer Ajer has agreed a £500,000 move from Start to Celtic . Norwegian 17-year-old will travel to Parkhead on Tuesday for a medical. Ajer shares his agent, Tore Pedersen, with Parkhead manager Ronny Deila and his arrival demonstrates a financial show of a faith in the manager in the midst of intense speculation over his future. Start begin their spring season in March and Ajer will be allowed to remain in the Norwegian league, returning to La Manga in Spain to join his current teammates for pre-season training this weekend.

Celtic star Kristoffer Ajer is a summer transfer target for AC Milan and Leicester City and his days at the club could be numbered after Hoops boss Neil Lennon told friends the defender won't play for the Parkhead club again. Ajer arrived at the Parkhead club having previously played as a defensive midfielder in Norway. But the talented youngster has been moulded into a promising centre-back during his time at Celtic . However, Lennon is wasting no time in preparing for Ajer 's possible exit and has already identified a replacement should he leave.

and get rich – but never win a trophy.

“Or you can play at Celtic, still earn life-changing money for your family and you’re going to win trophies and play elite Champions League football. I’d definitely say to Ajer, from my own experience of leaving Celtic too early, don’t rush into anything. Have a good think before making a decision because the grass isn’t always greener.

“Ajer looks like a great player, I’ve watched him a few times now. He’s got good physique, good on the ball and

aggressive too.

“I hope he stays but ultimately it’s down to what he wants. I think it’s all about timing. You have to pick the right moment if you’re going to leave Celtic.

“Because if you get it wrong, like I did, it can backfire.

“I remember Gary Hooper doing it as well from my time. Hoops went to Norwich then they got relegated and he moved to Sheffield Wednesday.

“He was never quite the same after leaving Celtic. Up there, he was a superstar, amazing for us.

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Ajer has made rapid strides at Parkhead this season and become a regular. His emergence has not gone unnoticed and Dortmund are said to be interested. Stefan Johansen has advised Kristoffer Ajer to ignore any overtures from Borussia Dortmund in favour of continuing his rapid development under Brendan Rodgers at Celtic . Former Parkhead midfielder Johansen captained Norway as the 19-year-old Ajer made his international debut in a 4-1 win over Australia last month and revealed he offered some career advice to the teenager at the same time.

“Hoops was scoring goals in the Champions League and his performances were frightening at times.

“He probably did go and earn more money in England but he’d still have earned well at Celtic. And he’d have won more trophies.

“You have to look at the bigger picture. With all due respect to Newcastle, who are a massive club, although they’ll pay you more, you’ll be involved in a relegation battle every year.

“But at Celtic you are going to be winning things.”

When Wilson left Parkhead he returned to old club Forest and four years later he was out of the game altogether.

To this day, it’s the one thing that still irks him about his career.

The 35-year-old is now coaching at Ilkeston Town and rates his time in Glasgow as the best.

He said: “I look back at my time at Celtic and think I should have stayed longer. I was 26 when I went up there which isn’t too young but you get wiser as you get older.

“At 36, I don’t regret much in my career. People ask about playing in the Premier League but if I did that I might not have played Champions League at Celtic.

“If there’s one thing I wish I’d have done it’s staying for a lot longer in Scotland. Those two years were the highlight of my career. Forest is my boyhood club and my first spell there before Celtic was brilliant.

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“But playing in the Champions League and everything about that club was just amazing.”

Like everyone else, Wilson was convinced Howe would take over from Lennon in the Celtic hotseat before the move for the former Bournemouth gaffer collapsed.

He believed it would have been a good appointment but, after experiencing two years at Parkhead as a player, he says any boss coming from England will be taken aback by the magnitude of the job.

Wilson found that out right away when he turned up for his debut – a pre-season friendly in Australia – to discover 24,000 Celtic fans had turned up to watch.

He said: “When I first signed, we went to Australia on a pre-season tour. I thought: ‘This is perfect. We’re on the other side of the world, no one is watching, no pressure.’

“Then I turned up at the ground to find out there were 24,000 fans there. I thought: ‘You’ve got to be joking?’

“Everywhere we went in Australia with Celtic, we were mobbed by supporters.

“At Celtic, it’s a waste of time looking at the fixtures. You just know you’ve got to win every game.

“I remember winning a game 3-2 at Celtic and the players were delighted. But the manager wasn’t happy and, next day, the press absolutely hammered us.

“I thought: ‘What?’ We had won the game, I couldn’t work out why we’d all got ratings of three and four in the papers.

“So that’s something a new manager will have to get his head around. Even when you win at Celtic, you have to win in style.

“When I looked at the candidates for Celtic, I thought Eddie was the best option.

“Celtic fans want attacking football. I played against Eddie’s teams a few times, even when he was at Burnley, and they were always a real footballing side.

“It would have suited him up there.”

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