We will be ready for Dons says Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer

Kristoffer Ajer insists Celtic will be “100 per cent” ready for Aberdeen tomorrow following their Europa League exit in Russia.

The Hoops travelled to St Petersburg with optimism following last week’s 1-0 first-leg win at Parkhead, where Roberto Mancini’s Zenit side had looked rusty playing their first competitive game in two months due to their winter break.

However, the Russians soon had the tie back in their own hands on home soil with a 3-1 aggregate win.

With European football over for another season, Brendan Rodgers’ Premiership leaders return to domestic chores with a trip to Pittodrie, and Ajer is anticipating a quick and positive turnaround.

“Now our aim is Aberdeen tomorrow,” the 19-year-old Norwegian defender said.

“We will recover well and be ready for that game, 100 per cent.

“Aberdeen have been really good the whole season, so it will be a tough game and we need to recover and be 100 per cent ready.”

Ajer admits it was another European lesson for him and his Celtic team-mates in St Petersburg, where they had harboured hopes of progression to the last 16.

The former Start defender said: “It is disappointing to concede three goals but it is a learning experience.

“We can learn a lot from this game but it was a tough night.”

Celtic skipper Scott Brown returns from suspension for tomorrow.