Kris Ajer has had an interesting start to the season and after losing his place in the starting XI now faces having Shane Duffy arriving to jump ahead of him in the queue, there is also the repeated speculation linking him with a move away from the club with the last 24 hours seeing another club reported by The Scottish Sun.
Whether or not the three factors are linked remains to be seen, but if Neil Lennon is trying to persuade the big Norwegian international that his future lies at Parkhead, you would think that the best way to send that message is by playing him on a Saturday.
Premier League new boys West Brom are said to be interested in the 22-year old and you would think that if Ajer is given a choice between AC Milan, Leicester City and Liverpool – who have reportedly all enquired about him – then a move to the Midlands would be the least likely destination, unless he finds a relegation battle more attractive than Champions League football or Serie A.
Is Ajer on his way out?
Ironically it is because the Baggies are set to lose out to Celtic in the chase for Duffy that has led to them turning their attentions to Ajer, fans could understand him leaving the club after five years, however, a club like West Brom – although a step up in league – is hardly the sort of career progression that many would expect from one of Neil Lennon’s biggest assets, and one with such obvious potential to reach the highest level of the game.