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Deila says his Celtic exit won't hinder Kristoffer Ajer's progress

The former Hoops boss believes Brendan Rodgers will help the youngster's development.

New arrival: The Norwegian has joined this summer.
New arrival: The Norwegian has joined this summer. SNS Group

Ronny Deila doesn't believe his departure from Celtic will hinder the development of young prospect Kristoffer Ajer.

The teenager was signed by Deila when he was still in charge of the Hoops but couldn't join up with his new team until the summer, by which time the fellow Norwegian had left.

But Deila believes new manager Brendan Rodgers will be good for the progress of the teenager who is highly rated by the Scottish Premiership champions.

"He is a mature young player and Brendan Rodgers is very good with young players," he told Norwegian newspaper VG.

"Being managed by a fellow Norwegian when playing abroad is not the easiest thing so I don't think it's a disadvantage for him that I've left the club.

"He was bought as a midfielder but just like Brede Hangeland - who also started in that position - he could become a centre-back.

"Kristoffer has great potential as a leader and can become a very, very good centre-back."

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