Any offer for Carl Starfelt from Spartak Moscow must be rebuffed

Any offer for Carl Starfelt must be rebuffed. It has been  reported this morning by Mark Hendry at Football Scotland that our Swedish centre back is a target for Russian side Spartak Moscow.

Whether there’s any truth in this remains to be seen, but Carl is a decent defender and has experience of playing in Russia with Rubin Kazan, the side Celtic signed the Swedish international from. So it wouldn’t come as a surprise if there was any substance to such rumours.

The question is, will the club entertain any bid? Hopefully they tell the Russians to beat it, as it’s well documented how fragile our defensive situation is at the moment. Despite his critics within our support there can be no arguing with the defensive record at Celtic when Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers play as the central pairing.

We may be signing Maik Nawrocki, but we need all the quality in that area that we can get and Carl is a quality player, despite the criticism he gets from a section of our support. Which is in my opinion totally unfair.

Carl is still first choice beside CCV in my eyes and we must rebuff any offer to sign him, with Maik Nawrocki being given time to bed in to the demands of playing for Celtic.

But as we always say, money talks in football and if Celtic receive an attractive enough offer for any player then that will always be considered. Northwards of £10m will certainly get Michael Nicholson’s attention.

Finally there’s also the personal situation to consider. Carl Starfelt’s parter is the former Celtic FC women star Jacynta who recently signed for the Sporting Club in Portugal. Maybe Moscow would be too far away from Lisbon?

Then there’s the situation with Russian football due to the war with Ukraine, would Starfelt want to play in the capital city of a country at war?

Even if the money is enough to tempt Celtic, the player himself might prefer to remain at Celtic. And is there not likely to be a problem with any financial transaction with a Russian club due to the sanctions that in place against Russia? That has to be considered too.

Hopefully nothing happens with this one because as it stands Carl Starfelt is needed at Celtic.

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Vinicius Junior and Carl Starfelt during Real Madrid vs Celtic Glasgow Champions League match on November 02, 2022 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Photo: Cebolla/Senis/ ALFAQUI Madrid Santiago
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  1. Utter nonsense! Any offer for Starfelt must not only be encouraged but first be touted! Starfelt is a liability.
    With CCV out, had Starfelt been the player some claimed he was he would have stepped up in the absence of the American and nurtured any replacement. Instead, we were badly exposed. Starfelt is frankly, hopeless. Allowing Jentz to leave was a terrible error on the part of Ange. He was ten times the player Starfelt is, and twice the player Kobayashi is.
    We should be doing everything we can to move Starfelt on.
    CCV carried him.

    • Everyone is entitled to their opinion Joe, Starfelt certainly divides the support but his record is better than his reputation which is strange.

  2. RPM Celticfan on

    If CCv is so much better than Starfelt then why is it big Carl who plays out of position on the left rarther than CCv , also do some people not recognise that whoever plays that posision allways seems to be the one who gets the constant criticism ( including Jenz ) , Starfelt is so bad we won the Treble and had the best defence in the league , boohoo eh ?

  3. This story has no substance.
    Starfelt has played better in Carter vickers role, he was prone to odd error on left of central defence, he stepped up and improved during Carter vickers absence.
    I’m sure both remain at celtic and there is now a good stand in to fight for a place.
    If Starfelt does go he should be closer to his girlfriend, definitely not Russia at this time.
    Whatever happens celtic can expect a good fee.