Rubin Kazan sporting director addresses Carl Starfelt to Celtic situation

By David Walton

July 15, 2021

Rubin Kazan sporting director Oleg Yarovinsky has been discussing the latest on Carl Starfelt to Celtic.

Yesterday, reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed that a fee had been agreed between the two clubs. It was also reported that the Hoops had agreed personal terms with the Swedish centre-back. A medical was said to be booked in Moscow.

Celtic are in desperate need of another centre-back option ahead of next week’s UCL qualifier against Midtjylland. Especially considering Kristoffer Ajer hasn’t played a minute of pre-season yet.

However, Rubin director Yarovinsky has insisted that talks between the clubs remain ongoing and that a deal hasn’t yet been done.

As quoted by Sport Box, he said: “Starfelt has not yet moved to Celtic, but we are negotiating with them. 

“Until the documents are signed, the transfer has not taken place. Are we looking for a replacement? We have a full set of players.”

Rubin Kazan and Celtic look like wrapping this up soon

Even though Yarovinsky tries to push that the clubs are negotiating, this one feels close. He’ll have been looking to try and appear strong to his own club’s supporters, who won’t be happy about losing one of their key players.

But all reports appear to indicate that this one is close to completion. Celtic are in real need of a centre-back immediately. If they’re hanging their hat on Starfelt, you can bet there will be an urgency here.

Celtic effectively have until Monday to add two new signings to their UCL squad for Midtjylland. That’s in addition to anyone who is signed and added in before today’s deadline.

But the Hoops can’t afford to mess around with this one. We can’t afford twists and turns. Not when Starfelt still has to meet up with his new teammates and get a training session or two under his belt. There’s absolutely no reason to accept him arriving 24 hours before Tuesday night’s game, for example.

Celtic will know how this may look to supporters. They won’t want to be pushing their luck with a fanbase whose trust in them remains at a delicate level.

Hopefully we get some news on this one either today or tomorrow. His arrival simply can’t come quickly enough with Saturday’s friendly against Preston a good opportunity to give him a runout.

In other news: TWO reported Celtic targets who surely won’t be signing after Liel Abada move