Celtic have reportedly agreed a deal with Russian outfit Rubin Kazan for the signing of defender Carl Starfelt.
What’s the story?
According to the Daily Record, the Hoops have agreed a £4.5m deal for the 26-year-old but are now waiting to see when they can get him into the country due to the current travel restrictions.
The report claims that the Celtic hierarchy have moved quickly to finalise a deal for Starfelt as he’s seen as a direct replacement for Brentford-bound Kristoffer Ajer.
It also states that the Sweden international has agreed a long-term contract with the Glasgow giants after passing his medical in Moscow last week and is now waiting for his work visa to see when he can travel to the United Kingdom.
Will Carl Starfelt be a success?
Big upgrade on Duffy
Celtic endured a horrendous 2020/21 campaign, surrendering their top-flight crown to fierce rivals Rangers without a fight, and many of their troubles were down to issues at the back.
While Steven Gerrard’s men conceded just 13 goals in their 38 league fixtures, the Hoops leaked 29, highlighting the gulf in quality between the two sides’ defences.
One man who was particularly underwhelming throughout last season was Brighton and Hove Albion loanee Shane Duffy.
The Republic of Ireland international arrived at Celtic with high expectations after some impressive performances on the south coast, but he was unable to adapt to the game north of the border.
While Duffy ended up cutting his loan spell short, returning to the Amex Stadium early, Starfelt is expected to arrive at Parkhead with high hopes of his own.
New manager Ange Postecoglou is known to favour a passing style of play, recently emphasizing that he wants his team to play one or two-touch football during an open mic training session.
Therefore, Starfelt should offer a significant upgrade on Duffy and fit into the Australian tactician’s tactical plans perfectly.
His arrival would be welcomed by the Celtic faithful as they hope for significant improvements next season and Starfelt could play a pivotal part in any success Postecoglou has at the 51-time Scottish champions.