KRISTOFFER AJER has urged manager Neil Lennon NOT to give him a rest in the lead-up to the turn of the year and the winter break.

The Celtic centre-back is desperate for the champions to keep the momentum with the Hoops overwhelming Livingston 4-0 at Parkhead at the weekend for their TENTH successive triumph in all competitions.

Ajer and his team-mates will now welcome French outfit Rennes to the east end of Glasgow for their Europa League Group E encounter on Thursday night.

Lennon’s men have already made certain of a place in the knock-out stages of the competition next year, but the towering Norwegian defender is adamant no-one in the squad wants a breather with a punishing run of 10 games ahead to see out 2019.

Ajer, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “Thursday is a massive match. We want to win the group and we can do it if we take the three points against Rennes.

“It’s important for us on both counts in the fact that we have ambitions to go far in Europe and if we win the group, we would meet a second-placed team, but we also want to just keep winning and everyone wants to play.

“You want to be part of it and keep the rhythm. That’s the most important part.

“The staff behind the squad works so hard every single day to keep us fit. You see it in every single that we keep going until the end.

“Everyone is fit and eager to play, especially when you are in that rhythm and everyone is enjoying playing the matches.”

Celtic drew 1-1 in France to kick off the group in September and since then they have claimed back-to-back 2-1 wins over Lazio as well as a 2-0 triumph over Cluj at Parkhead.

They bring down the curtain on the group in Romania on December 12.



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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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