Frank McAvennie has exclusively told This is Futbol that he almost fell off his chair when he heard defender Kristoffer Ajer claim he’s had his best season at Celtic.
Ajer said on record that: “If I am only to look at my performances, it may have been my best season at the club”, with those comments angering the former Celtic striker.
McAvennie believes that the Norwegian defender is failing to take responsibility for Celtic’s poor campaign despite only Callum McGregor making more appearances in all competitions than him.
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Celtic have already conceded more goals than in each of the previous two Scottish Premiership campaigns, and Ajer has started all but two of their league games, missing only the home matches against Hibs and Livingston due to quarantine.
Despite not turning 23 until later this month, Ajer is one of Celtic’s more experienced players and has been strongly linked with a surprise move to Newcastle this summer despite McAvennie describing his form in Scotland as “awful”.
McAvennie told This is Futbol:
“I nearly fell off my chair when he said that. Basically what he’s saying is this season has been nothing to do with me. If I was in the dressing room I would have hit him with the paper. He’s been awful, it just shows you what’s happening at Celtic.”
McAvennie continued by slamming Celtic’s defensive record from set-pieces this season, picking out Alfredo Morelos’ equaliser in last month’s Old Firm derby as a prime example.
“Unfortunately at Celtic we’ve been leaking goals, but I want my defenders to defend. I’m not a gambler, but I would have put money on Morelos scoring. I’m 61 and I would fancy myself scoring against Celtic from a corner or free-kick. They don’t mark anyone, they don’t man-mark anyone.”