Kris Ajer has been in blistering form for Celtic this season and has now received some high praise from BBC pundit, Neil McCann, who has compared the Norwegian to Brazilian legend Cafu.
It is amazing how far Ajer has come in the last few years. After joining Celtic as a midfielder in 2016 from IK Start the Norwegian initially found it hard to break into the first-team. But a loan spell at Kilmarnock played a major turning point in his career.
Ajer reinvented himself as a defender and quickly became a regular in Brendan Rodgers’ side upon returning. Since then he has blossomed into one of the best players at the club and is one of the first names on the team-sheet these days. And now his performances have seen compared to two-time World Cup winner, Cafu.
Neil McCann played for Celtic’s Old Firm rivals, Rangers, for five years from 1998 to 2003 and appeared for them on 171 occasions scoring 25 goals in the process. Now McCann works as pundit for BBC after a failed stint as manager of Dundee where he was sacked after picking up only 3 points in the opening 8 games of the 2018-19 Scottish Premiership season.
It is safe to say that McCann was impressed by what he saw from Ajer in Celtic’s 3-1 win over Hearts. Ajer who plays mostly at centre-back was filling in for the injured Hatem Abd Elhamed at right-back on Sunday. And his performance saw him getting compared to one of the greatest right-backs in the history of football in the form of Cafu.
“Kristoffer Ajer is looking like Cafu here. He is bombing up and down the right flank and has the freedom of Celtic Park.”
Certainly high praise for any footballer, such comments will only give further confidence to the Norway international. And Celtic fans should celebrate the fact that they have in their ranks quite clearly the best defender playing in Scotland at this point of time.