KRISTOFFER AJER has completed its £ 13.5million transfer from Celtic to Brentford.

The Norwegian had indicated earlier this summer that he would like to look for a new challenge after five years in Scottish football.


Kristoffer Ajer leaves Celtic after five yearsPhoto credit: PA

And the 23-year-old has made his way after hitting a club record deal to join the Premier League newbies on a five-year deal.

Ajer trained with the Celtic squad in the pre-season but wasn’t featured in any of the club’s friendlies and was banned from the Champions League squad.

He was pictured in London after completing the formalities of his move to the championship play-off winners.

Ajer joined Celtic from Home in June 2016 after signing a pre-contract in February.


Kris Ajer was missing against the Danes

He spent half a season on loan with Kilmarnock but returned to become a mainstay of the Celtic defense.

Although neither side has released the transfer details, it is believed to include an upfront fee of £ 13.5 million plus add-ons.

New boss Ange Postecoglou has already started replacing Ajer, signing Dutchman Osaze Urhoghide from Sheffield Wednesday.

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Swedish international defender Carl Starfelt could be the next one after undergoing a medical exam in Moscow before moving from Rubin Kazan.

Young center-backs Stephen Welsh and Dane Murray represented well in his absence – even though Nir Bitton saw red in the Champions League qualifier against Midtjylland.

Elsewhere, the Hoops have brought in Israeli winger Liel Abada and Japanese sensation Kyogo Furuhashi.

A statement from Celtic said: “Norwegian defender Kristoffer Ajer is joining Brentford in the English Premier League ahead of the 2021/22 season.

“He joined Celtic as a teenager after receiving rave reviews as a midfielder in his homeland, Norway, but moved to the Hoops and switched to first-team football with the Hoops through a loan from Kilmarnock in 2017.

“He is known for celebrating goal-stopping tackles as much as strikers celebrate goals. He scored seven goals in 177 games on green and white and played an important role in winning each of the 12 consecutive trophies won in four seasons, including reaching last place kick, which secured the unprecedented Quadruple Treble.

“Everyone at Celtic Football Club wishes Kristoffer every success in his future career in the South and thank him for his role in the club’s success over the past few years.”

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