Date: 8th April 2019 at 6:49am
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Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer has promised supporters he will not shy away from the physical threat of Aberdeen in this weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final despite being on the receiving end of rough treatment in recent matches, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

The 20-year-old needed stitches after a collision with Rangers man Joe Worrall in last week’s derby before taking an elbow from forward Duckens Nazon during Wednesday night’s win over St Mirren.

Also suffering a head knock against Dundee recently, he’s certainly been through the wars.

The Norwegian is expecting another brutal, physical encounter going up against Sam Cosgrove on Sunday but will continue to put his body on the line to ensure the positive results continue.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the centre-back said:

That will never be a concern for me. When you go up to win these duels you know something can happen. But you always have to go in 100 per cent or you shouldn’t be playing.

As a centre half you have to get used to that kind of stuff. I feel like I am getting strong and I’m developing every day.

I actually got my stitches out on Saturday. They’d been in for a week. The doctors did a fantastic job. But I’ve had enough head knocks this season, so hopefully there are no more to come!

Cosgrove has done really well this season. We know Aberdeen are in great form right now and they will make it really difficult. Of course it will be a battle, but you have to win the physical battle before you earn the right to play.

Ajer has matured into a fine defender this season. Last week’s derby performance was lauded by pundits and supporters after he put himself in the way of every ball that came into the Hoops box.

His emergence as a fan favourite is well timed considering Dedryck Boyata looks set to leave and Filip Benkovic will return to parent club in Leicester City.

Supporters will be expecting the club to sign a partner in the central defensive position but for the moment at least are happy to see Ajer continue to develop in the role.

How do you see this weekend’s semi-final against Aberdeen going? Have your say in the comments below…


3 Replies to “Celtic star makes promise to fans in effort to counter specific Aberdeen threat this weekend”

  • Aberdeen need to be in Celtic’s face every second of the match and teams who do this can beat what is a fairly ordinary team by Celtic standards. Aberdeen will miss Shinnie no doubt but there is talent enough in the team to reach another final. This will be Celtic’s last chance of the treble for many years to come as their era is nearly over and the current Aberdeen team would be league champions by now if it had a quarter of Celtic’s budget. Another great match in store but 100 percent winnable by the Dons. Onwards and upwards.

  • Celtic’s last chance of the treble?Their era is over?Someone needs to loosen the straps on your straight jacket mate,just loosen mind !.Where the Donald Duck have you been?Celtic fans have over the last two seasons
    celebrated winning the treble!!!
    Agreed another great match is in store,and yes 100% Aberdeen can win it,but if Celtic turn up then your chances fall around the 20% range.

  • Time to wake up and smell the coffee Gordy, you won the treble twice because of Brendan Rogers and now that he has jumped ship for Leicester (wow!) the sun is beginning to set over Celtic Park and your glory days are about over. Wee Ginger is not going to take you anywhere and a look at Saturday’s result tells you where Celtic are at the moment, you were powder puff up front, no creativity in midfield and you defence was about as firm as a kilt in the wind. Derek McInnes figured out how to deal with your blue nosed neighbours in the quarter final and he can do the same again even without Shinnie. Another competitive game I’m sure but if Aberdeen get the rub of the green and the ref doesn’t look the other way when Broonie’s is going through his usual repertoire of dirty tricks then it’s a goal each half for the Dons and onwards to Hampden. Come away the lads!!

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