May 16, 2021

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Is this the replacement for Kris Ajer from Celtic?


It has the potential to be a huge summer for Celtic. A new manager is expected to arrive as a mass play-team disruption could occur at Parkhead.

Odsonne Edouard is still bound with a Premier League start while Bhoys defender Kristoffer Ajer is another highly sought after player.

He sparked Milan’s interest earlier this season, but Newcastle and newly promoted Norwich are believed to be on his heels now.

The Magpies even spotted the Norwegian in Celtic’s heavy loss to Rangers on Sunday afternoon. Considering they lost 4-1, it’s unlikely that they were too impressed.

After all, he escaped when Alfredo Morelos pulled a raspy effort towards the goal that passed Scott Bain.

Should Celtic sell Ajer this summer?

No chance!

Yes, get rid of it!

Yes, get rid of it!

However, if Ajer does leave this summer, Dominic McKay could do worse than watch Hadjuk Split defender Mario Vuskovic.

The Croatian defender has been linked with a move to Celtic in recent weeks in a deal that could bring them down to around € 6million (£ 5.2million).

At just 19, the defender would be a player for the future, but judging by how both Stephen Welsh and Ajer have adjusted to the squad at such a young age, he would surely be perfectly placed on the side. .

Standing at a colossal 6-foot-2 height, he’s a force to be reckoned with in the air, but he also brings the grace and poise in ball possession that Ajer does.

In 2018, Vuskovic was honored to be named to the Guardian’s next-generation list of the 60 best young people in world football.

Journalist Aleksandar Holiga said at the time: “He is not only dominant in challenges, but also exceptional in the building game. He often scores goals and can score free kicks like a No. 10. “

Like Ajer, the young central defender is strong in the challenge but is advancing well to bring a dose of creativity. He roams freely, which is one of the most striking features of the Imperial Norwegian Celtic.

Just look at the way he exploded in the Old Firm derby at a second half stop on Sunday. Ajer found himself on the edge of the Rangers box before dancing through two or three players to get a shot.

If we take a look at the stats it shows you how impressive Vuskovic is, especially in the air. The teenager wins 63% of his aerial duels by 90 minutes, almost Ten more than Welsh. He also wins more slightly defensive duels by 90 as Shane Duffy and Nir Bitton.

Therefore, Vuskovic would clearly be an upgrade for the Bhoys this summer. At the advertised price, it would also represent a good deal.

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