Carl Starfelt makes future admission amidst Celtic links

Former Celtic defender Carl Starfelt has opened up on his Celta Vigo future. The Swedish defender has been linked with an exit just a year after his Paradise departure. Rafa Benitez signed the player but has since been replaced by Claudio Giraldez.

Speaking to Fotbollskanalen, Starfelt said that he’s going to keep working hard despite rumours that he’s not in the new manager’s plans next year.

“I was benched for three games near the end of the season. I think I showed in training that I was going to play. I didn’t give up or hang up. Then I got the chance and did well. I don’t give up.”

The 29-year-old was excellent after arriving from Rubin Kazan in the summer of 2021, forming a formidable defensive pairing with Cameron Carter-Vickers. The pair were unbeaten together in Scottish football, an excellent stat that is indicative of the quality between the USA and Swedish Internationalist. Celtic fans largely appreciated the defender’s efforts but this will have been universally given the struggles at the back when CCV was out the team.

Starfelt made 87 appearances for Celtic since arriving from Russia. In that time, he has scored three times and assisted twice.

Given that Brendan looks to be adding another centre back to partner CCV this summer, the manager could look at a reunion bid for the Swede.

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  1. Let’s see how many ex player returns after failing elsewhere stories we can print before the window closes.
    1 Jota
    2 Tierney
    3 Eduard
    4 Starfelt

    What’s next? In talks with Craig Gordan and Stuart Armstrong?
    Christie and Van Dijk seen around Parkhead?

    Article also misses the point that Starfeld is bang average and that’s why he can’t get a game.

    CCV is better than Starfeld but even he is not good enough once European competitions come into the equation.
    Even his biggest admirers must see he is way too slow for the modern game at any level higher than the Spfl, nowhere near good enough in the air and gets turned like a left back filling in at centre half.

  2. Mark Nugent on

    Happens every window, nostaligia speculation, my problem isn’t that he might not be a marked improvement on Scales, unless he has declined over the last 12 month there is no danger, but that he is 29.

    More intersted to see his girlfriend Jacynta come back to the womens’ team tbh.

    If he is available n we cant find anyone else younger n better I say do it, but as Dan said, probably just paper talk

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