Moi Elyounoussi has suggested to TV2 that it is probably a matter of time until Kristoffer Ajer leaves Celtic, and insisted that the defender is good enough for the Premier League.
Ajer has proved to be an inspired signing for the Hoops. His impending arrival was announced during Ronny Deila’s tenure, but he made his debut and his name for the Bhoys while Brendan Rodgers was in charge.
He has continued to be a key man since Neil Lennon returned to Parkhead. And he is already no stranger to being linked with moves away. For example, TEAMtalk reported in 2018 that Tottenham, Southampton and Borussia Dortmund were all interested in the youngster.
And Elyounoussi – who is, of course, on loan from one his former admirers having cost the Saints £16 million (fee reported by BBC Sport) – suggested that it looks inevitable that he will get a big move at some stage in the near future.
“We’ll see how long we keep Kris,” he told TV2. “He’s been here a couple of years and done extremely well. I expect to see him in a bigger club in a bigger league.
“From what I have watched of him in the past and now on a daily basis and in combat, he is more than good enough for the Premier League.”
Ajer’s form has perhaps come under greater scrutiny at the start of this season. There have been a couple of costly mistakes. But there is no question that he is a fantastically talented player.
Given Celtic’s track record in the transfer market, they will know that they are going to do extremely well to hold onto Ajer beyond the next couple of years.
But it would be no surprise if he becomes the latest Celtic player to net the club a huge profit. And that may help Lennon, or whoever the manager is when he does leave, strengthen his squad significantly.