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Celtic defender set to make landmark achievement

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Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer is set to receive his first call-up to the Norway national team after impressing national team manager Lars Lagerback with his performances at club level.

The 19-year old has impressed for the Hoops playing in central defender alongside Dedyrck Boyata.

His performances have not gone without notice and he is now likely to be included in his country’s squad for the friendly internationals in March.

Norway are certainly not a major force to be reckoned with in international football.

However the fact that Ajer could be set to play internationally could help Celtic as it will improve the player’s confidence and exposure him to a different type of game.

Norway assistant manager Per Joar Hansen said: “Kristoffer is a player we have been following closely. Lars and I spoke about him over the Christmas period and I can tell you that Lars has been really impressed he is now playing for Celtic.

“For him to get into the team and such a young age is really good for him. He is physically strong and very good in the air.

“We also think he is excellent at reading a game. He uses his strength wisely and is getting better with each game. He is a leader and that is something that has been missing in Norwegian football.

“It is very promising that at such young age he has managed to play in a top team like Celtic, where he plays in front of 50,000 spectators in every home game. He must deal with heavy pressure all the time and deserves praise for the achievements.

“There are vacancies in central defence and there’s no doubt he is in our thoughts for the next squad announcement.”