Lagerbielke could be needed for Rugby Park cup-tie on Sunday

Following what could be his last match for Elfsborg, Gustaf Lagerbielke spoke to the media about his potential move to Celtic.

Celtic travelled up north yesterday to take on Aberdeen at, Pittodrie. The Dons put up a good fight in the first half but ultimately fell short of making a big enough impact against the Hoops. Celtic left Pittodrie with all three points after goals from Liel Abada, Kyogo, and Matt O’Riley secured the 3-1 victory and you get the feeling that not too many teams will win up there this season.

Although the Bhoys emerged victorious, Celtic looked vulnerable in defence. With injuries building (Cameron Carter-Vickers and Alistair Johnston) and players leaving (Carl Starfelt), Celtic’s defence hasn’t been as strong as it has been recently. In a post-match interview following Celtic’s win against Aberdeen, Brendan Rodgers revealed that the Hoops were close to bringing in a replacement for Calr Starfelt, this most likely being Gustaf Lagerbielke and the Celtic manager confirmed that the club would get this transfer done this week.

Photo IMAGO – Elfsborgs Gustaf Lagerbielke during the Allsvenskan football match between Elfsborg and Sirius on August 6, 2023 in Boras. Photo JÖRGEN JARNBERGER

Meanwhile over in Sweden, Gustaf commented on his likely move to Celtic with great enthusiasm, although he did stress that nothing has been confirmed as of yet. After playing what will almost certainly be his last game as Elfsborg, Gustaf spoke to Aftonbladet to give his thoughts on the speculation…

Q: Was this your last game in Elfsborg?

Gustaf Lagerbielke: “Maybe. You don’t want to say anything until something is signed, but it may very well be that way. I don’t really have a clue about it. I have tried to focus on the match as much as possible.”

Q: How has it been? 

Gustaf Lagerbielke: “It has been a bit of a challenge. But it’s fun to face Hammarby away in such an important game so it’s been pretty easy to focus on this game anyway. It will be a fun challenge to come to a big club in Europe and play in the Champions League and hopefully win titles. It is a very big club with a good Swedish connection with Henrik Larsson, Starfelt, Lustig and Mjällby among others. They play the Champions League every year and win titles.”

Västeras Gustaf Lagerbielke during the football match in the Superettan between Västeras SK and Brage on 31 May 2021 in Västeras, Photo ANDERS FORNGREN

Gustaf Lagerbielke is expected to arrive in Glasgow today to undergo his medical and complete the formalities and we can expect a Welcome to Celtic interview with Celtic TV later today or perhaps tomorrow.

With CCV unlikely to be involved for what looks like another difficult away match against Kilmarnock this weekend, Lagerbielke could find himself thrown into the deep end straight away as Celtic begin the defence of the League Cup. He’s certainly match fit and could even be back wearing the Hoops the next time Celtic wear them.

 Västeras Gustaf Lagerbielke cheers after the football match in the Superettan between Västeras SK and Landskrona on 1 August 2021 in Västeras, Photo KENTA JÖNSSON 

Meanwhile, check out Matt Corr speaking to the one and only Martin O’Neill on The Celtic Star Podcast…

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