Ange Postecoglou explains why Celtic have signed Carl Starfelt

By Euan Davidson

July 21, 2021

Celtic have signed Sweden international Carl Starfelt from Rubin Kazan.

The thrice-capped Swede joins after being the Russian side’s most-used player in 20-21. After 2 seasons, he’s moved on to replace the outgoing Kristoffer Ajer at Celtic.

The Bhoys announced that Starfelt has signed a four-year deal with Celtic, subject to “usual conditions” and international clearance [Celtic FC].

A mobile, combative centre-back, Starfelt offers the Bhoys a more robust option in the middle of defence.

Ange Postecoglou explained the signing, saying [Celtic FC]:

The unbridled joy of being back at Celtic Park

“I am really pleased agreement has been reached and we are really looking forward to Carl joining up with the squad. Carl is an experienced player and someone with the attributes to be a real success at Celtic.   
“He is a strong, athletic and committed defender and will add quality to our squad. I am sure he will be a player our supporters will welcome warmly and someone who will be really important for us going forward.”

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With Celtic sorely lacking experience in the middle of defence, it’s a very welcome sight for Bhoys supporters. With Christopher Jullien still missing through injury, and now Ajer away to Brentford, the Hoops lack numbers.

Nir Bitton, brought in as a centre-back against FC Midtjylland last night, was sent off.

So, Celtic supporters can breathe a little bit easier, with Starfelt on the way.

Ange happy with Carl Starfelt, after both player and Celtic tease move before confirmation

Carl Starfelt left supporters wondering what was next last night. The new Bhoys defender offered a cheeky hint on Instagram, as he took in the Celtic v FC Midtjylland game.

Additionally, Celtic proposed a chant for supporters, teasing with a David Bowie reference prior to the signing announcement.

Starfelt arrives at an interesting time for the club. Can the cultured passer and steady defensive presence sort some key problems for the Bhoys? Namely set-pieces, and reacting to counter-attacks?

We’ll have to wait and see. But it’s more exciting business from the Bhoys.

In other news: More fans? More fun for Celtic and Ange Postecoglou