Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer has offered passionate praise of new manager Neil Lennon for the way he has handled the squad since being appointed as interim manager last week, as reported by The Daily Record.
Lennon has taken charge of the club at a critical period of the season, with the schedule hotting up ahead of an exciting end to the current domestic campaign.
Ajer has revealed that the Hoops legend is now taking a personal touch with players, looking to get to know his squad with massive selection decisions on the horizon.
As quoted by The Daily Record, the Norwegian defender said:
The gaffer has been fantastic with the whole squad here.
It was a difficult situation where the other manager suddenly changed job, but I think he’s been fantastic in terms of taking care of everyone, really showing that everyone will get an opportunity here at the club and the way he’s been talking with me.
I had a really nice chat with him earlier this week when he told me what he was thinking and what his plans were, so it’s been a really good week.
He did that with a few of the boys. He’s talked with a few of the players to get and understanding of them and learn more from them and for us to learn more from him.
Lennon will be incredibly busy getting used to life at Lennoxtown again and it’s heartening to hear he is taking time out of his schedule to have in depth conversations with his players about where he sees Celtic over the next few months.
Fans would expect no less of a man who has always managed to get the best out of players and fill them with enough confidence to produce results, even in unlikely scenarios.
The interim boss’ direct approach is already paying dividends and hopefully as he gets to know his players more and more, he can use his motivation skills to have us firing on all cylinders heading towards May.