Zenit put off Celtic’s Ajer

Kristoffer Ajer expects no respite as Celtic continue their treble treble quest after clinching a place in the William Hill Scottish Cup final.

Zenit St Petersburg have reportedly ended their interest in Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer's after deeming their asking price too high.

The Scottish champions have been fending off interest in the Norwegian international for much of the summer with AC Milan amongst those clubs to have kept a close eye on him, while Tottenham have been credited with an interest in the past.

The Bhoys have been eager to end the speculation by securing the 21-year-old on a new contract but talks have been slow, leaving the door open to interest from elsewhere.

Zenit have reportedly made contact with Celtic to enquire as to the availability of Ajer but baulked at the asking price.

The Russian were reportedly ready to offer Ajer a deal worth £70,000-per-week and it remains to be seen if they will try with a fresh approach latter in the transfer window.

Clubs in Russia have until September 6 to complete their summer transfer business but boss Neil Lennon will be desperate not to lose one of his key defenders with limited time available to replace him.

Signed by Brendan Rodgers for a fee of £500,000 three years ago, the Hoops will hope to fetch in the region of £20million when they do eventually cash in on Ajer.