Celtic clawed their way back to winning ways after their meeting with Motherwell saw them pull off a convincing 4-1 win in the Scottish Premiership. Mohamed Elyounoussi was on song with a delightful hat-trick, taking his season total up to ten goals and four assists for the season so far. Olivier Ntcham rounded off the afternoon with his goal just before full-time.
The victory on the road initially closed the gap between them and Rangers in the table, but another win for Steven Gerrard stretches the deficit to nine points once again. The Hoops have two games in-hand over their arch rivals, but they must ensure they’re winning every match that comes their way if they want to lift another league trophy.
Unless they do this, they run the very high risk of losing key players like Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer. Should the latter search for pastures new, Celtic will be left extremely vulnerable at the back.
This season has been far from a standard Celtic season. They have fallen out of favour of winning this campaign’s Premiership title and are rock bottom of their Europa League group. The Bhoys have been hammered by injuries and positive cases of coronavirus, which have set them back a great deal. Ajer has been one player missing from the squad as of late.
Neil Lennon’s side fell to a hefty 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague in their recent European fixture, but bounced back to deliver the same scoreline to Motherwell with Ajer back in the starting lineup.
The 22-year-old has attracted a lot of attention over the summer as elite sides looked to bolster their defensive options. Celtic slapped a £20million price tag on the Norwegian after the likes of AC Milan and Leicester City registered interest in him.
Indeed, he was paid a huge compliment by Neil McCann who labelled him “Cafu-like” during a performance against Hearts last summer.
His solid performances across the backline plus his eye for a goal made him a very attractive target. Whilst Celtic will be able to invest the £20million in their struggling attack, losing Ajer would leave a huge gaping hole in their defence and Lennon must buck up his side’s form if he wants to keep the powerhouse at Celtic Park.