Carl Starfelt makes candid Celtic confession

By John McGinley

September 30, 2021

Summer Celtic signing Carl Starfelt has admitted he isn’t playing to his capabilities but has vowed to get better as he settles into life at the club.

Starfelt has been consistently selected by manager Ange Postecoglou since arriving at the club, making 13 starts in total.

However, he’s yet to fully convince supporters he should be the number one choice in a defensive line that continues to be scrutinised.

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The Swedish international is not shying away from his difficult start. But he has promised supporters there is more to come.

Speaking to The Glasgow Times, he said: “I know that I can perform better. You have not seen the best of me yet, in my own opinion. I am confident that I will just get better and better.

“It is different football, not only a new country. It is a new team and the way the team wants to play. Sometimes it can take a bit of adaptation time. I know that and I am confident I will get better and better the more I play.

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“I just know there are parts of my game that I want to improve, and that I’ve not been 100 percent happy with. I am working very hard on them. On the training pitch and the games, and also analysing it outside. I will get better.

“I like to analyse the performance myself and don’t read too many reviews, or what other people think. There are some people that I listen to and talk to, and go through these things with. I would say I want to learn all the time, going through my performances: what it good, what is bad. And I try to find ways to improve.”

Carl Starfelt can still come good at Celtic

This kind of self-reflection is refreshing to hear. It’s not often that a new signing will be so honest about how it’s going for them at a new club.

Starfelt doesn’t want to sugarcoat his displays in a Celtic shirt, but also, his mitigating factors make sense. As long as he continues to work hard to improve and take responsibility for his own performances then there is hope that he can become the defender we need him to be.

He clearly has the faith of Postecoglou. This continued game time and consistency in selection is hopefully money in the bank when it comes to realising his potential.

No one said anything was going to be easy at Celtic this season, but we do need to start seeing the team move towards the level we expect.

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