CONVENTIONAL wisdom in Scotland dictates that exposing young players to the pressures of a relegation dogfight is a form of child cruelty. Thankfully, those wacky Scandinavians have a different view of life.
Not only does the government in Kristoffer Ajer’s homeland of Norway insist on all 18-year-olds – men and women – doing national service, the on-loan Celtic defender feels confident of withstanding everything that six months at Kilmarnock can throw at him because he has already been in at the deep end once.
As a 17-year-old he was playing a crucial role as IK Start saved themselves in a relegation play-off against FK Jerv. Kilmarnock’s season could still go either way – they are within touching distance of a top-six place but equally only four points off the bottom – but the teenage defender will require little schooling if Lee Clark’s side are subjected to a second successive ordeal in the play-offs