Carl Starfelt on "funny" Monday Celtic moment; new Bhoys' personalities

By Euan Davidson

January 21, 2022

Celtic defender Carl Starfelt has given his take on a particularly funny moment from Monday’s victory over Hibernian, as well as the personalities of three new Celtic signings.

Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda and Yosuke Ideguchi all got their first minutes for Celtic on Monday night. Reo Hatate in particular shone under the Parkhead lights, winning a Man of the Match award.

Of course, he wasn’t expecting it. And when James Forrest had to tell him why his name had been called out and cheered late on, Reo Hatate gave an absolutely priceless reaction.

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For Starfelt, that moment of humble hilarity was typical of Hatate. He shared what he’s seen of Hatate, Ideguchi and Maeda’s personalities since joining the club. And he says they absolutely fit in to what Ange Postecoglou is trying to do at Celtic.

The big Swede explained [Herald]: “I didn’t see Reo was surprised to get man of the match at the time, but that was funny.

“But he is that kind of guy. Reo and the rest of the new guys are very humble and down to earth. They are hard-working and share a similar sense of spirit. [Hatate, Ideguchi and Maeda] want to contribute to the team. They also want to help out in defence and that really suits us.

“[The new signings] will fit in very well here. We are delighted to have them.”

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It sounds as if everyone’s happy at Lennoxtown.

New signings can really perk up the atmosphere, and that certainly seems to be the case here. Since arriving, each player has exhibited a fantastically dedicated attitude to the game. For an already determined squad, that can only be a good thing.

Starfelt, it’s worth remembering, is still pretty new himself. And although he’s taken a significant amount of flak, he speaks with a real air of authority about the club and his role in it.

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Alongside Cameron Carter-Vickers, who he backed for a permanent move, Starfelt has helped to comprise the Scottish Premiership’s best defence. In terms of Reo Hatate’s Man of the Match performance, the big Swede had his own claim to Monday’s accolade.

Clearly feeling at home, and embracing the personalities of his new teammates, Starfelt will be keen to keep up performances like Monday’s.

But everything sounds positive at Lennoxtown, at least from how Celtic defender Carl Starfelt speaks.

That bodes extremely well.

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