As reported by The Scottish Sun, Celtic manager has hailed the progress of Kristoffer Ajer, believing he can improve even further after changing position from the days of his early career.
Ajer won his first international caps for Norway during the recent rounds of friendlies, a sign he is improving leaps and bounds under the guidance of the Celtic boss.
Rodgers has paid tribute to the way he is performing recently and his willingness to learn and become an effective centre-back, believing two aspects of his game can still improve.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the Celtic boss said:
He came here as a central midfielder but we felt he could have a more successful career if he could play from behind. He is six-foot five, he is quick, he needs to learn how to head it and understand the position.
So, at 19 years of age, and what he’s done at Celtic, to play two 90 minute games for Norway, I think he has a great career ahead of him.
He is a learner — and he has a hunger to learn. I’m delighted for him to get those first caps being so young.
Can the Norway international now make the position his own at Celtic in the months to come?
It’s easy to forget Ajer is still a teenager and a relative novice in the game given the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch. He’s a model professional and so far has barely put a foot wrong in a Celtic shirt, despite enormous pressure.
If he can improve his positioning and heading, as Rodgers wants, the Hoops will have a complete centre-back on their hands that is only going to improve with more games under his belt.
Given the club’s woes in the position in recent years, it’d be fantastic if he could emerge as a consistently great performer, perhaps even forming a partnership with Jack Hendry.