According to the Daily Record, Celtic are still in the hunt for Rubin Kazan centre-back Carl Starfelt despite various reports suggesting that the deal was grinding to a halt.
The Lowdown: Celtic get busy as 2021/22 starts to take shape
Looking towards 2021/22, Hoops supporters will be desperate to see how Ange Postecoglou goes about trying to build a team capable of competing both domestically and in Europe.
Making inroads in the transfer market, the Bhoys have thus far acquired the signatures of former Sheffield Wednesday pair Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide [Sky Sports], and they could be in the market for a third summer signing following recent developments.
Would Starfelt be a good signing for Celtic?
The Latest: Hoops back in for Starfelt after initial snag in talks
Celtic look set to continue their pursuit of 26-year-old Starfelt ahead of their crunch Champions League qualifying tie against FC Midtjylland.
The Hoops were previously confident of landing the Sweden international for around £4m, but talks hit an initial snag with Rubin Kazan seeking to receive a more considerable transfer fee in the midst of a sizeable sell-on clause to his former club IFK Göteborg [Daily Record].
Negotiations are now believed to be ongoing once again, however, and if discussions continue to falter, Celtic will then look elsewhere, with Cameron Carter-Vickers, Ben Davies and Mario Vuskovic all potential avenues of recruitment [Daily Record].
The Verdict: Starfelt would be an astute signing
Upon reflection, the 1.87m (6 foot 1) colossus would seem a very astute signing for Celtic heading into an important season.
He made 31 appearances for his current club in 2020/21, registering four goal contributions with three goals and one assist [Transfermarkt].
He impressed most within his ability to progress the ball efficiently. Recording a 91.4% average passing accuracy across the season, he led the way as the most efficient distributor of the ball in the Russian Premier League [WhoScored].
Indicatively, these traits would fit in nicely with Postecoglou’s high-octane, possession-orientated style of football, so Celtic should look to finalise a deal for the ball-playing Swedish defender.
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