Celtic have now officially sealed the deal to bring Shane Duffy to the Scottish Premier League. The Brighton and Hove Albion defender will stay for at least a season on loan and will aid the Hoops in their quest for their tenth title in a row.
Neil Lennon has managed to beat the likes of West Ham in the race for the coveted centre-back’s signature but now, with that out of the way, it still remains to be seen what happens with Kristoffer Ajer.
Of course, the young Norwegian has been linked with a move away from Celtic Park, with the likes of Milan and Leicester City interested, but according to the information from the Daily Record, the Hoops are in no hurry to sell their talent despite the arrival of Duffy.
Lennon is very much aware of the interest from abroad but since they have a huge season ahead of them, keeping Ajer at the club could also be an option for them in the ongoing summer transfer window.
If the 22-year-old was really adamant on leaving, Celtic would still want a fee in the region of £20m. However, with his overall ability and versatile nature, Lennon would rather keep him at the club and Duffy’s arrival won’t change that fact.
Only time will tell what happens next but if the interest from the Premier League persists, ensuring he stays might be easier said than done.
Now that they have secured Duffy’s signature for the ongoing campaign from Brighton, losing Ajer would not be such a huge blow after all.
However, he is far too talented to just be offloaded like that. If the Hoops are really gunning for another title, which they certainly are, they might need all the help they can get.
And Ajer can offer them exactly that.