KRISTOFFER AJER is a shock target for Italian giants AC Milan, according to tuttomercatoweb.

The Serie A outfit, who sacked former Rangers midfielder Rino Gattuso as boss in the summer, are looking for possible replacements if Mateo Musacchio quits before the transfer deadline on September 2.

Liverpool stopper Dejan Lovren is reported to be another potential candidate to replace the Argentinian international who joined in an £18million deal in 2017.

The versatile Ajer, who was brought to the club by his fellow-Norwegian Ronny Deila for a bargain £700,000 from FK Start in January 2016, has become a key player in Neil Lennon’s plans and has covered the problem right-back position in the Champions League qualifiers against FK Sarajevo and Nomme Kalju.

The 21-year-old stopped made 45 appearances for the Hoops last season in their historic treble treble campaign and also had a spell at Kilmarnock on loan as he needed game time in central defence after switching from midfield.

Ajer is under contract until 2022 and the eight-in-a-row champions would like to ward off would-be suitors with the offer of an extension.

It seems open season on Celtic at the moment with Arsenal still linked with £25million-rated Kieran Tierney and cash-rich Lille reported to be interested in Jozo Simunovic.

GRAHAM DORRANS could be the next player to go through the Ibrox exit as Rangers boss Steven Gerrard continues to trim his top-heavy squad.

Kyle Lafferty has already had one year of his contract ripped up while Portuguese winger Daniel Candeias has been sold for a bargain £250,000 to Turkish Genclerbirligi SK.

Gerrard has THIRTY players on the books and there will be more departures between now and the transfer deadline in a month’s time.

Scotland international midfielder Dorrans, 32, has endured an injury hell since his arrival from West Brom in 2017 and will now be offloaded either on a loan or permanent basis. He is entering the final year of his contract and has been told he has no future at Gers.

ELLIOT FREAR, who was released by Motherwell at the end of the season, is continuing to attract the attention of Dundee United boss Robbie Neilson.

The Tannadice gaffer wants to add the versatile defender/midfielder to his squad as they push for promotion after last term’s near miss when they lost out to St Mirren in the Premierhip Play-Off Final.

Frear was allowed to leave Fir Park in the summer after 74 appearances during his two-year stay.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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