Last season, Kristoffer Ajer made 31 appearances in all competitions for Celtic.

This term, the defender has been a regular inclusion in his side’s defence and has already made more than 30 appearances across various competitions.

His impressive display for the Scottish Premiership winners has seen The Herald compare the Norway international’s style of play for the Hoops to Liverpool star defender Virgil van Dijk, who spent two seasons at Celtic Park.

Ajer is currently on international duty and he was asked about The Herald’s story.

“It is incredibly big and nice to be compared with the world’s best defender. But I know that I have very many steps to take before I am near his level. He was at Celtic and was fantastic here, and has evolved tremendously after he left,” TV2 quoted Ajer as saying.

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Van Dijk is also having an impact at the other end of the pitch and his recent form has seen him score four goals and register one assist in the last six appearances.

This is one area where the Celtic defender is yet to match the Netherlands international and Ajer admitted he is working on being a threat in the opposition’s box.

“I have won many headers from games and duels in my own box, but I undoubtedly have a lot to improve in the opponent’s box. It’s something I work on every single day,” he explained.