Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer is set to win his first cap for Norway after impressing Lars Lagerback last month with his Hoops performances.

The 19-year-old has impressed after moving into central defence alongside Dedryck Boyata.

His displays have not gone unnoticed in his homeland and the expectation is that the player will be included in the senior squad for the next round of friendly games in March.

Norway assistant manager Per Joar Hansen said: "Kristoffer is a player we have been following closely.

"Lars and I spoke about him over the Christmas period and I can tell you that Lars has been really impressed he is now playing for Celtic .

"For him to get into the team and such a young age is really good for him.

"He is physically strong and very good in the air.

"We also think he is excellent at reading a game. He uses his strength wisely and is getting better with each game.

"He is a leader and that is something that has been missing in Norwegian football.

"It is very promising that at such young age he has managed to play in a top team like Celtic, where he plays in front of 50,000 spectators in every home game.

"He must deal with heavy pressure all the time and deserves praise for the achievements.

"There are vacancies in central defence and there's no doubt he is in our thoughts for the next squad announcement."