Carl Starfelt sounds like he's absolutely loving life at Celtic 6 months in
Celtic centre-back Carl Starfelt appears to be absolutely loving life at Parkhead as he stated that everyone is enjoying coming into Lennoxtown these days.
The big Swede has come under some unfair slack on recent weeks after some blips before the winter break [Football Scotland]. However, he had previously gone on 4 months of terrific form alongside Cameron Carter-Vickers at the back. Not to mention he was sensational in Monday night’s 2-0 win over Hibernian.
The former Ruben Kazan man looked as though he had a point to prove against Shaun Maloney’s men. He bossed Kevin Nisbet and won next to everything in the air. You can read more about that particular performance here.
Yet Starfelt appears to be relaxed when it comes to life on and off the pitch. Despite the unfair criticism, he doesn’t come across in interviews or pressers as a player who’s particularly irked by anything said about him. That shone through today as he spoke about how much he’s enjoyed his time in Scotland so far.
Speaking via Celtic TV, Carl said: “I like it a lot. I like my life inside football, inside the pitch, inside the training ground. I like being at Celtic, I’m very happy. I think that all of the players enjoy coming to the training ground so much, and also the games with the fans and the atmosphere.
“Being up at the top fighting for trophies, it’s what every player wants. And also outside of the pitch I like the city. I’m enjoying everything right now, so it’s good.”
It’s time to put the respect on Carl Starfelt’s name that he deserves
It’s difficult not to be frustrated when you read about criticism of Starfelt. It feels as though he’s not allowed to misplace a single pass anymore without article after article coming out about him flopping.
Yet the real truth is he was a big part of Ange Postecoglou’s impressive run of Celtic form during the first half of the season. Carl already has made 27 appearances this term already and we’re only halfway through [Transfermarkt].
Yes, in the early stages of his Celtic career, Carl was timid. He didn’t win enough aerial duels and looked far too nervous when it came to his distribution of the ball. And no, he isn’t perhaps as polished as Cameron Carter-Vickers as the odd mistake still creeps in from time to time. However, that doesn’t mean he isn’t performing to a high standard regardless.
The Swede continues to be entrusted by Ange Postecoglou and that’s all that really matters. He’s been winning over the Celtic support too, and you can see how relaxed he is with life in Scotland in his pre-Alloa presser today.
The key is not to go all in on a player like Starfelt when he does make mistakes. After all, he was being called out after recent matches against Hibs and St Johnstone in December. We won both of them. For all of the stick he gets for the bare minimum, he’s a major part of the Postecoglou revolution.
And as the noise around him continues, no doubt he’ll continue to produced polished performances to keep his critics quiet from here on in.