Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou revealed that Carl Starfelt will be a major boost to their squad after their Champions League exit. The Swedish defender completed his move from Rubin Kazan before their Champions League qualifier but could not play as he had to self-isolate. He is set to start in their season opener against Hearts. Postecoglou named a backline with an average age of 21 for their loss to Midtjylland.
“I think it’s been a bit unfair the pressure I have exposed some of our younger defenders to so far, and they have done awfully well,” Ange Postecoglou said after Carl Starfelt joined Celtic. “Callum McGregor has done an unbelievable job as a leader in these first few games. He has stood up both in attitude, performance, everything. But he needs help, he needs some other experienced heads and it’s good to get Carl here. I think it’s a boost for the whole squad.”
Postecoglou revealed that Nir Bitton will be back after serving his European suspension although Leigh Griffiths will not be available.
“Even to get Nir Bitton back also helps because when you are starting off in these challenging circumstances, you rely on the experienced ones to be able to cope with whatever pressures are around,” Postecoglou added. “I think it gives the whole squad a lift to see Carl here and I am looking forward to seeing him in action. Leigh is probably still two to three days of rehab away. The scan shows he has a little bit of an issue with his calf.”