Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer has a knack for saying the right things.
Despite being just 20 years of age, the defender is already being marked out as a future national team captain by the Norwegian media and it’s not hard to see why.
He may only have a handful of caps to his name, but Ajer has the right attitude and is able to show that in interviews with his home country’s media.
Back in March, when Ajer was being hailed as the future leader of Norway’s defence, the Celtic player said: “I’m still just a young boy of 19 years old at my first national team gathering, so it’s exciting to join.”
Not so long later and he sounds more confident in his position with the national squad, and is already showing those leadership qualities.
As Norway get ready to face Cyprus, the Celtic player has been quoted by Fotball.no as saying: “We’ve had two good training sessions and now we are looking to beat Cyprus. They have a few good individuals whom I am looking forward to meeting and there are really some players we need to take care of.
“I hope there are as many as possible (fans) and they support us in three tough matches here at Ullevaal. There will be exciting and fun games in the Nations League, but I hope and think we will win the group.”
Bulgaria and Slovenia are the two other countries in the same group as Cyprus and Ajer’s Norway and it will certainly be a test to come out on top. The defender expects big things from himself and his teammates, and that kind of attitude will surely grow at club level with Celtic too.