Carl Starfelt lifts lid on new signing quarantine process at Celtic

By John McGinley

July 30, 2021

New Celtic signing Carl Starfelt was on good form speaking to assembled fan media today, taking time out of a busy schedule to answer questions from supporters, including myself.

Starfelt was asked questions on a variety of subjects and you can find the full media conference on lots of different podcasts and YouTube channels, including The Homebhoys.

One of the most interesting answers came from a question posed by the Alternative View’s Declan McConville, who asked for insight into the quarantine process since signing for the club.

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Starfelt said: “The first five days I was in strict quarantine. I was in my hotel room. I had a bike and some weights there. I worked often on the bike and did some basic weight training.

“Then after five days I moved to another location to do some football training and better gym training. I’ve been training every day for this 10 days. It’s different from training with the team but I feel in alright physical shape and I hope I’m not too far away physically from being able to perform.”

Presumably, this is a very similar scenario to what Kyogo Furuhashi has been going through, and any other signing coming from an amber or red list country.

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It’s interesting that after five days there is permission to train on his own elsewhere with a ball and more gym equipment. That’s actually more than I was expecting incoming players were able to do.

It bodes well not just for Starfelt but all our new players arriving from around the world. Hopefully, there should not be too much of a drop off in physical fitness of sharpness.

Starfelt came across well today. He certainly seems eager to join in at Celtic. Fingers crossed he can put in a strong debut performance tomorrow and build from there.

In other news, Braga enquire about Yan Couto after Celtic link.

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