Kristoffer Ajer hopes to impress new Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 15/06/16 2:32pm
New Celtic recruit Kristoffer Ajer is convinced he will get his chance to shine for the Hoops after watching a Liverpool documentary featuring Brendan Rodgers.
The highly-rated Norwegian teenager was persuaded to sign for the Glasgow giants by former boss Ronny Deila, but it is Rodgers he will now have to impress after his compatriot quit at the end of the season.
And the 18-year-old, who played over 50 times for former club IK Start, is confident he will have plenty of opportunities to make a breakthrough at Celtic after watching how Rodgers operated during his time in charge at Anfield.
The Norway U21 midfielder told the club's official website: "I have seen him being interviewed on TV and his documentary at Liverpool, and he looks great at working with the young kids in the squad which is perfect.
"I knew that Ronny might not be here when I came in but then I saw Brendan Rodgers had been appointed, and what he brings with him made me really excited.
"It's a dream come true, being able play under Brendan Rodgers and play alongside so many great players."
Celtic have already sold more than 41,000 season tickets and Ajer. who joined the Hoops on a four-year deal after agreeing a pre-contract earlier this year, admits walking out to a sold-out Parkhead will be like nothing he has experienced before.
"In my head I have dreamed about that so many times since I signed for Celtic," he said. "Here in Norway we have five or six thousand at each game and at Celtic there will be 50 to 60,000 at some games so that will be crazy.
"For me it's a big dream come true to play in front of so many people.
"I'm most looking forward to just being a professional footballer and living out my dream, to walk out at Celtic Park in front of thousands of supporters and hopefully score some goals and celebrate in front of so many people."
While the talented teenager knows there is still room for him to develop as a player, he wants to stake a claim for a starting slot when the Scottish champions warm up for the new campaign during their pre-season tour of Slovenia.
"It's important as I want to play a lot next season and if you want to do that you have to perform in training and in the games," he said.
"I'm looking forward to pre-season and travelling to Slovenia, where I will try to play well and get to know the players and staff."