Former Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer has revealed he was once thrown out of a taxi by a Rangers-supporting driver.

The Norway international, who is currently on the books of Brentford, enjoyed a successful spell at Parkhead, lifting three trebles in a row and playing in the Champions League.

However, in 2018 his summer holidays started on a surprising note after he was kicked out of a cab that was meant to be taking him to Glasgow airport simply because he played for Celtic.

Despite the X-rated rant from the driver, Ajer insists he loved the rivalry during his time in Glasgow.

Speaking to The Times, he said: "The taxi arrived at 4.30am and I jumped in. The driver turned around and said, ‘I know who you play for, get the f*** out of my taxi.’

"I had to call another and be sure he was a Celtic fan. Crazy. The rivalry with Rangers could be quite extreme.

"But that also made me absolutely love Glasgow and Celtic."

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Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers insists he "couldn't care less" about the supposed negativity surrounding Celtic.

The Scottish champions are currently level on points and goals with rivals Rangers at the top of the table.

Rodgers' men previously held a healthy lead but were pegged back after defeats to Hearts and Kilmarnock as well as draws against Motherwell and Aberdeen.

But the 50-year-old insists he is paying no attention to the narrative going into the business end of the season, pointing to the fact the Parkhead side have won eight of their last nine games.

"To be fair I don't care. I don't care to be honest. My focus is with the team. I understand and get the feeling and I understand you have to create that.

"I understand in this city that the two teams can't be doing well. When I was in Liverpool, Liverpool and Everton could be doing well at the same time but that can't happen here.

"One has to be pushed down. And for us, it is us because we are at the top. We slipped up in early December but that narrative has continued right the way through even though the players have won eight games, some tough games and drawn one game.

"I can't control that but what I can control is the mindset and attitude of the team and knowing over this next period of games we will be really focused, aggressive and attack the game.

"What everybody else says, writes, I couldn't care less."