Brendan Rodgers rise to Kristofer Ajer’s defense despite poor performance

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has risen to the defense of “absolutely fantastic” Kristofer Ajer despite his high profile mistake on Sunday speaking to BBC Sport.

Celtic moved in sight of their seventh successive Premiership title when they won 2-1 in an away game against Hamilton Academical on Sunday.

Callum McGregor put the Hoops ahead early on, only for Rakish Bingham to score an equalizer, running on to an over-the-top ball and finishing well past Scott Bain on 18 minutes.

Bingham caught Ajer flat-footed and the 19-year-old centre-back was partially blamed by BT Sports’ Chris Sutton during his commentary of the match.

It was a rare lapse in concentration from a player who has proved an integral part of the Celtic squad since the turn of the year, earning a senior debut for Norway during the international break.

And Rodgers is certain that Ajer – a £800,000 signing under Ronny Deila’s reign in 2016 – will learn from the error.

“We have so many young players that are learning the game and Kris has been absolutely fantastic,” He told BBC Sport.

“He just switched off for that moment, squared himself up and a quick player will get in behind you. He’ll learn from that.”

Leigh Griffiths went on to save Celtic with a second-half winner which ensures that Premiership success is all but guaranteed, but Rodgers’s side needs to beat Rangers at Hampden Park on Sunday to keep alive the dream of a historic double treble.

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