Glasgow Celtic have been handed a boost to their chances of bringing Carl Starfelt to Parkhead this summer.

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That’s according to a report by Russian Football News (via The Scottish Sun), who claimed that the Rubin Kazan defender was absent from training on Thursday, with the 26-year-old believed to be in talks regarding a transfer to Celtic after the Bhoys lodged a £4m bid for the Sweden international earlier this week.

The Scottish Sun then added that the centre-back, who is being lined up as a potential Kris Ajer replacement, is thought to be extremely keen to secure a move to Parkhead this summer, and is hoping to have his personal terms agreed with Ange Postecoglou’s side as quickly as possible.

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Ange will be delighted

Considering just how impressive Starfelt was for Kazan last season, the fact that Celtic appear to be edging closer to getting a deal for the defender over the line is sure to have left Postecoglou delighted, particularly with Ajer continuing to be linked with a move away from Celtic this summer.

Indeed, over his 29 Premier Liga appearances for Leonid Slutski’s side last term, the £2.7m-rated man helped his team keep 11 clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.4 interceptions, 1.1 tackles, 3.9 clearances and winning three duels per game.

The 26-year-old also impressed at the other end of the pitch, scoring three goals and completing 91% of his passes over the course of the season.

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These returns saw the man Anel Avdic dubbed a “fantastic” player earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.08, ranking him as Kazan’s fourth-best performer in the top flight of Russian football.

So, if Postecoglou can indeed go on to secure a deal for Starfelt this summer, as well as Ajer going on to seal his anticipated move away from Parkhead, it would appear as if the Celtic boss could immediately land a very apt replacement for the outgoing defender.

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