Carl Starfelt sends thank you message to Celtic fans on social media

By David Walton

August 9, 2021

Carl Starfelt has thanked the Celtic supporters for his “incredible” Parkhead welcome yesterday.

Celtic mauled Dundee 6-0 in a huge statement of intent from Ange Postecoglou’s side. It’s undoubtedly the fixture that will be known for Kyogo Furuhashi’s electric Parkhead debut after he bagged a sensational hattrick.

However, Starfelt was also making his first appearance at Paradise since signing for £4.5m from Rubin Kazan last month [Daily Record]. Alongside Stephen Welsh, the big Swedish international grew into the game and made some important interceptions.

He can certainly chalk it up as a successful debut on a day where everything seemed to go right for the Hoops. And Starfelt has been quick to acknowledge the support he received at Celtic Park too. Posting on his Instagram, the new Bhoy made sure to highlight the fans’ backing:

According to stat trackers WhoScored, Starfelt clocked a successful passing percentage rate of 94.6%. The highest out of everyone on the pitch. He also managed three clearances and got through the game without committing a single foul.

It was as tidy a game as we could’ve hoped for from him given the early errors against Hearts and Jablonec respectively.

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Carl Starfelt thanks fans on social media; time to do so via performances

Getting into Starfelt’s performance against Dundee, fans may have still noticed one or two moments of concern. Especially in the first half-hour as he got used to his new surroundings.

The Swede played a few heavy passes to centre-back colleague Welsh which looked basic enough. However, the more he got into the game, the more efficient he became with his distribution from the back.

It’s also important to remember that Starfelt is a right-footed player operating as a left-sided centre-back. That can’t be easy given how often he needs to try and use his weaker foot.

It’s exactly why Celtic could potentially do with one more addition to the centre-back team. For all of our options now, we still don’t have a left-footer. Should another be brought in, it would allow Starfelt to play on the right side of the pairing – something he would likely be more comfortable with.

In any case, he can be pleased with what he showed at Celtic Park. Even though there were some early blips, he recovered well and bagged his first clean sheet.

It’s vital he now continues to receive minutes against Jablonec in midweek. So long as another new centre-back isn’t brought into the club, the partnership between Welsh and Starfelt needs to be allowed time to grow.

In other news, Media figures already starting to backtrack with title predictions after big weekend for Celtic