New Celtic signing Carl Starfelt earns Sweden call-up

By David Walton

August 25, 2021

New Celtic signing Carl Starfelt has earned a return to the Sweden international team for September’s World Cup qualifiers.

Starfelt hasn’t been called up since March 2021. That means he missed Euro 2020 despite having a positive season with Russian outfit Rubin Kazan. Sweden would make the last-16 of the competition before being bundled out on penalties by Ukraine.

Starfelt signed for Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic earlier this summer in a £4m deal [Scottish Sun]. Since then, he’s been a regular in the starting XI, but has looked ropey as he gets to grips with the Scottish game.

Regardless, Sweden manager Janne Andersson has decided to give him a route back into the international fold.

Sweden will take on Spain and Greece in the World Cup qualifiers next month. A friendly match against Uzbekistan is sandwiched in between.

This makes it likely that Starfelt will return to the Sweden starting XI at some stage in the September matches. And even this early on into the season, it’s showing that his move to Parkhead was the best thing he could’ve done for his career.

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Carl Starfelt should use Sweden call-up as a Celtic morale-booster

It’s a massive plus for Starfelt to get the international call-up so quickly. He likely would’ve imagined a longer wait to return with Sweden given their Euro 2020 success.

To make such an instant reutrn before he’s even done anything of note in a Celtic jersey is huge for him. And in truth, it should lead to an increased level of motivation in the upcoming matches against AZ Alkmaar and Rangers respectively.

After all, if Starfelt is competing in the Europa League every two or three weeks, that boosts his profile further. During his time in Russia with Kazan, Starfelt never managed to make an appearance on the European stage.

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So even at this early stage, Celtic is already proving to be a successful step-up. Seeing off Alkmaar in the Netherlands tomorrow night would only be a further boost to a career that’s starting to take off.

His main goal at the moment, however, will be eradicating some of the basic errors that have crept into his game before the September qualifiers. He won’t want to go away on international duty with a tendency to give away possession or leaving players unmarked.

There are some early chinks in the Starfelt armour that need rectified. But for now? He’s already receiving the benefits of his move to Glasgow.

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