Struggling Celtic man Carl Starfelt receives second consecutive Sweden call-up

By David Walton

September 28, 2021

Celtic center-back Carl Starfelt has managed to hold onto his spot in the Sweden setup for the upcoming games against Kosovo and Greece respectively.

Starfelt has been a regular in Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side this season. However, he’s stayed in the team despite making plenty of clumsy and disappointing errors since signing from Russian outfit Rubin Kazan.

But in a big morale-boost for him, he’s been given a second consecutive call-up to the Sweden squad. This comes after he missed out on Euro 2020 in the summer despite a big year in Russia. Confirmation of his call-up was released by the Swedish FA earlier today:

Starfelt was called up for the September internationals against Spain, Uzbekistan, and Greece respectively. But he would sit on the bench for the two World Cup qualifiers against the European sides. Indeed, his only appearance was a 28-minute outing against Uzbekistan.

The Hoops defender has yet to play a competitive game for his country at senior level. He’ll be hoping to be given the opportunity by manager Janne Andersson this month.

Starfelt cost Celtic £4m to sign from Kazan back in July [Glasgow Times].

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Hopefully, this can be the morale-booster that Starfelt is in desperate need of. Some may say at times that he’s a whipping boy, but the truth is he just hasn’t started well enough for the price of the investment.

We were all hoping his call-up last time around was the jolt he needed. But unfortunately he came back and struggled in games against the likes of Real Betis and Dundee United respectively.

As of yet, he still hasn’t managed to break into the Sweden first-team. It’s unlikely that he’ll be playing a starring role in the qualifying games next month either.

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But it’s another opportunity for him to clear his head. To try and pinpoint why things aren’t working at Celtic the way we were all hoping when he first signed. He shows promising traits at times, but his usage of the ball can let him down badly at times.

Clearly, Andersson sees something in Starfelt to give him another call-up. The same goes for Postecoglou considering he refuses to drop him. It’s now on the player to show what those qualities are ahead of a hectic period for the football club.

Hopefully, he makes some sort of appearance for the Swedes next month. He needs all the boosts he can get his hands on as we patiently await improvement from him.

In other news, Celtic have proven to be far too reliant on Kyogo Furuhashi and Callum McGregor

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