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Celtic must axe Carl Starfelt this weekend

The start to Ange Postecoglou’s reign at Celtic has been a frantic affair, one which was encapsulated by three new signings being acquired on transfer deadline day.

In total, 12 new faces arrived for the first team squad, but it will take a long time before we see the very best of the Hoops this season.

They have played some wonderful attacking football but have been particularly inconsistent, especially at the back.

On the chalkboard

With Celtic losing Kristoffer Ajer this summer, they were always going to find things harder.

However, Postecoglou identified his replacement quickly, with Swedish centre-half Carl Starfelt arriving in a £4.5m deal from Rubin Kazan.

Sadly, the defender has been a bit of a liability since penning terms with the Bhoys.

On his debut, he looked insecure in possession of the ball against Jablonec and he has made a number of high profile errors since.

Starfelt sliced the ball into his own net against AZ Alkmaar in a defeat which very nearly knocked them out of the Europa League.

During that clash, John Hartson was appalled with the Swede, labelling him a “schoolboy” and “clumsy” for his part in the loss.

Should Starfelt be dropped?

Yes please!

Yes please!

No thanks!

No thanks!

The former Celtic striker also laid into him after his performance in the Old Firm derby two weeks ago.

Speaking about the way the Hoops conceded, Hartson commented: “If you look at Helander, he runs from really deep and he arrives. So how Celtic don’t see Helander on the edge of the box, nobody marking him, is beyond me.

“Someone’s got to block his run and be cleverer, and Starfelt, capped 26 times by Sweden, he’s come in, alright it’s early in his Celtic career, but it’s happened too many times. That’s about the fourth or fifth bad call that Starfelt has made.”

The solution

With the new signing having a difficult start to life in Glasgow, it wouldn’t be a bad idea if Postecoglou took the decision to axe him from the starting XI against Ross County on Saturday.

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With that in mind, the Hoops should turn to a further new face; Cameron Carter-Vickers.

The United States international signed just minutes before the deadline and should be capable of fixing Celtic’s defensive issues.

After all, he not only already has experience of the British game, but fits into the manager’s style of play. Carter-Vickers is capable of bringing the ball out of defence and can pick a pass, something which is vital when it comes to Postecoglou’s system.

He likes his defenders to be able to transition with the ball well, and possessing a pass success rate of 84% suggests that his new signing should fit in well.

If he’s fit enough, the American needs to play over Starfelt this weekend.

AND in other news, 100% duels won: Ange surely drooling after new Celtic signing’s international display…

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