CCV and Carl Starfelt win title without losing a single Celtic league game together
You can understand why so many of last night’s subplots have barely been discussed after Celtic won the Premiership title.
So much of the focus has been on the instant reaction and the analysis of how Ange Postecoglou has rebuilt the club. So many stories on the congratulations we’ve been receiving from external parties.
But there is one particular sub-achievement that was made by Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt that most certainly shouldn’t be overlooked.
We all know that Celtic have gone 31 league games unbeaten after last night’s draw. We also know that we have the best defensive record in the country this season having only conceded 22 goals in 37 league games.
However, perhaps the best stat of all is that both Carter-Vickers and Starfelt didn’t lose a single league match whilst they were partnered together en route to the title.
Indeed, the duo have played alongside each other on 28 occasions in the Premiership this season with zero ending in defeat. Yes, there was the Scottish Cup semi-final slip to Rangers at Hampden. But in terms of the league campaign alone, it’s an unbeaten central-defensive partnership.
CCV and Starfelt’s Celtic achievement doesn’t deserve to go unrecognised
Both men have of course lost league matches this season. Before Carter-Vickers’ arrival, Starfelt was on the end of defeats to Hearts and Rangers respectively. CCV’s only league defeat, meanwhile, came in the 1-0 slip vs Livingston in September. He was partnered with Stephen Welsh in that contest.
Together, it’s been a different story. They’ve proven next to unstoppable domestically. In total, they’ve played together on 32 occasions in league and cup games and have only been defeated once. That loss of course being vs Rangers at Hampden in extra-time.
It’s an absolutely stunning record for both men to take pride in. It also emphasises the need to ensure that this partnership remains in place for next season. Certainly, if we’re planning to retain the championship and make an impact in Europe next year.
The latter is the one area of improvement we need to be better at defensively as aunit. It’ll be intriguing to see whether Ange is able to come up the solutions needed to keep us tighter on the continent.
But CCV and Starfelt should be bursting with pride at the moment. They’ve managed to win the league without losing a game alongside each other. It totally bursts any myth that we’re shaky defensively.
It’s time to give this partnership the recognition and respect it deserves.