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  • Kristoffer Ajer: Squad will get boost from returning Bhoys

    Kristoffer Ajer: Squad will get boost from returning Bhoys

    By: Tony Connelly on 21 Mar, 2019 09:46

  • THE Scottish Premiership will pause this week for the international break, and Kristoffer Ajer is one of many Celts away on international duty.

    The break will give some players returning from injury, such as Callum McGregor, some much needed game-time while others, such as Ryan Christie, can make the final preparations for their return without missing any more games.

    “We’ve had some injuries in the team and this is something all teams have to contend with,” Ajer told this week’s Celtic View. “The team has coped well throughout that time and we’ve continued to get results.

    "One of our biggest strengths is the quality of our squad. We have a good-sized squad with players training every day at a high level.

    “Whenever anyone gets the chance they’re always ready and that makes a real difference in helping to maintain the current form in the team. All of the players in the squad have shown that they’re good enough at this level when they come into the team.

    “We have some important players coming back now which is important as we come into the final stretch of the season.”

    Ajer has joined up with the Norway squad and is hoping to add to his six caps in the next two international fixtures, including one when he’ll come up against a familiar face.

    Norway have two European Championship qualifiers this week,” said Ajer. “The first is Spain away and then we face Sweden at home. They are two really tough games but they are very exciting to be a part of.

    “Spain away will always be a very difficult game. They are one of the best teams in the world so we’ll need to be very organised and disciplined to take something from the game.

    “Sweden did excellent in the last big tournament. They are a strong side and will be wanting to win themselves. To play these two teams is a fantastic achievement for me and I’m really proud to be involved.

    “Spain have exceptional players all over the pitch. We aren’t concentrating on them though; we just think about ourselves. We’ll be playing them at the Mestalla so I’ll be back in familiar surroundings. It’s a fantastic stadium and a beautiful pitch to play on.

    “Three days later is the big rivalry up north in Scandinavia. To play Sweden at home is a special game for the whole country. Hopefully I can beat the Swedish guy in the Celtic squad!

    “It’s a rivalry between not just myself and Mikael but the two countries. I’m really looking forward to that one. My whole family are coming so it’s a big occasion for everyone. I haven’t been saying too much to Mikael before this. They probably look at themselves as favourites but that suits us perfect.”

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