KRISTOFFER AJER has explained the enormity of the game between themselves and Sweden this weekend where the defender will come up against his Celtic team-mate Mikael Lustig.

The two countries go head to head in the Euro Qualifiers and Kristoffer Ajer is right up for the tie, warning Lustig and co that Norway’s underdog status suits them just fine.

“It’s a rivalry between not just myself and Mikael, but the two countries.” Ajer told SunSport.

“I’m really looking forward to it. My whole family are coming, so it’s a big occasion for everyone. But I’ve not been saying too much to Mikael before this.

“Sweden probably look at themselves as favourites but that suits us perfectly. It’s a big rivalry in Scandinavia.

“To play Sweden at home is a special game for all the country.”

Both will do battle this weekend before being team-mates the following weekend when they both could line up in the same defence against The Rangers.

Lustig is a veteran of the Glasgow Derby and has made his mark in quite a few while Ajer has played a couple and is still forging his own Glasgow Derby history.

With Toljan not an automatic pick for right back and Boyata and Benkovic not 100% to compete in the game, Ajer could find himself in the heart of Celtic’s defence.

Before any of that though the two players will put their friendship aside and hope to get one over the other for their countries.


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