Carl Starfelt wants to use Celtic move to launch Sweden career

By David Walton

August 4, 2021

New Celtic centre-back Carl Starfelt has stated that he wants to use his Parkhead move to kickstart his international career with Sweden.

Starfelt managed to make three appearances for his country last season during his time with Rubin Kazan. However, his trio of outings came in friendly matches only, with Starfelt not being called up to the Euro 2020 squad.

In the past, Celtic have had several examples of successful Swedes who went on to have fine international careers. The latest of course being Mikael Lustig, who became a veteran for his national team thanks to his move to Parkhead.

And Starfelt hopes he’s about to follow a similar path as he prepares for tomorrow’s UEL qualifier against Jablonec.

As quoted by the Herald, Starfelt said: “Of course, it is a big goal for me to win a spot in the national team. If you are playing at Celtic and you are being successful there when you do, it will look good for me in terms of that.

“You have seen from the times before that Swedish players who do good when here at Celtic are able to play regularly for the Sweden national team.

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“So, of course, that also makes it a goal for me to do the same thing.”

No reason new Celtic man Carl Starfelt can’t break into Sweden defence

When you look through the Sweden backline, it certainly lacks star power. There’s no reason Starfelt can’t break into a squad containing the likes of Marcus Danielson and Filip Helander to name a couple.

Starfelt will be hoping that, in the long-term, he can prove his worth on the European stage. It’s there where he’ll earn his ticket back into the international scene.

The new Celtic centre-back has definitely suffered from a lack of European exposure in recent years. He’s only played four European matches in his career, and all of them came in Europa League qualifiers.

That means, should Celtic qualify for the UEL group stages this season, it would be a first for Starfelt. And it’s on a stage like that where he can catch the eye of Sweden boss Janne Andersson.

First and foremost, of course, he needs to get settled in at Celtic. Despite the player’s undoubtedly lofty career goals, he needs to show his worth domestically first and foremost. A high-tempo introduction to life in Scottish football against Hearts wasn’t ideal.

Here’s hoping he can start showing what he’s all about in Czech Republic tomorrow night. Celtic simply can’t afford bedding-in periods.

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