Date: 4th July 2016 at 12:18am
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Brendan Rodgers believes that Kristoffer Ajer could solve his defensive problems.

The 6 foot 5 inch teenager was signed as a midfielder from FC Start but has featured in central defence in both of Celtic’s pre-season matches under the Irishman.

With Jozo Simunovic out injured, Charlie Mulgrew out of contract and Efe Ambrose held up by visa problems Ajer has caught the manager’s eye as a makeshift central defender.

Speaking after the 1-0 win over Sturm Graz Rodgers said: “I’m just looking at Kristoffer and thinking he came in as a central midfield player, but he’s played in a number of positions, including striker. I just see him as a good footballer.

Obviously at his size, being very comfortable on the ball, once you get that aggression into your game, it’s a position he could play very well.

He’s got good speed, good recovery. So let’s see how he develops. I’ll give him an opportunity in midfield at some point.”

Discussing the absence of Ambrose Rodgers added: “We are still waiting to hear on whether he’ll be here. We’re just waiting on that.

Having as many players as possible helps. But the boys who are out here are doing very well. We talk about the aggression in our defending and I was pleased with our corners tonight.

We talked about having that bit of steel when we’re under pressure from a set-piece. We defended that well, had good organisation. And all round our central defenders are coping well.”

Ryan Christie scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win over Sturm Graz.