Former Premier League full-back, Alan Hutton, has slammed Kristoffer Ajer’s agent after his recent press release contradicted the big Norwegian stopper’s comments about where he sees his future.
So what has Hutton said?
When asked about the latest contract fiasco, Hutton said:
“It’s a bit of a strange one, I think he’s been excellent for Celtic, he’s done really well this season.”
“Whether the agent’s quotes have been taken out of context or not, I don’t know. I just think, agents, it just gets in the way, it just causes a problem.”
“They just need to keep all that nonsense out and let the player do the talking on the pitch, which he is. You cause uncertainty in the team, with the manager, with the hierarchy. You just don’t need it.”
“It puts you off as a player, if that was me I’d be telling my agent to be quiet. It’s affecting everybody. It’s the one area with agents that I don’t like.”
So is Hutton correct?
Absolutely, agents should be restricted to what they can and can’t say with regards to their players and their potential movements, Ajer has a contract until 2022 so unless there is an offer from another club which has been accepted by the Celtic board, he has no right to be dictating where he will be playing his football next year.
“I’m really happy now, I’ve got two and a half years at Celtic and I’m happy with it.”
“I love playing for Celtic. All talk of contracts is between my agent and the club and I’m just concentrated on day-to-day work and trying to be the best footballer I can.”
As Hutton says, it won’t be the agent that gets stick off fans in the street or the crowd – if they are allowed back in – it will be the player, he is supposed to be representing Ajer’s best interests but all he has achieved is a hard time for his client.