Over 38 league games, the Bhoys won 29, drew six and lost only three, ultimately leaving them with 93 points on the board.
One other impressive feat in Celtic’s season was the fact that they conceded fewer goals (22) than any other side in the Scottish top flight, and one man who contributed a lot to give the Hoops the best defensive record in the league was Carl Starfelt.
With the second-highest number of interceptions (42) and tackles won (30) in Postecoglou’s squad, the 27-year-old also had the joint-second highest average of clearances (3.5) and joint-highest average for aerial duels won per game (4.2) among the Bhoys’ ranks.
Now that Postecoglou and Starfelt’s debut season at Celtic has come to an end, the upcoming summer transfer window will give the Parkhead club the chance to strengthen their squad and get them ready to take on the next campaign.
In terms of potential incoming transfers, one player with whom the Hoops have been linked and who could be a potential upgrade on their current defensive hero is Joseph Okumu.
Similarly to Starfelt, the 25-year-old has enjoyed a rather busy season with a new club after making 46 appearances for Belgian side Gent following his transfer from Swedish outfit Elfsborg last year.
To compare the defenders’ individual domestic campaigns, the Kenyan racked up more interceptions and won more tackles than the Celtic man, while also giving away far fewer fouls and completing more crosses than the Swede despite making fewer appearances. Okumu also averaged 3.2 clearances and 0.9 blocks per game in the Belgian top flight.
Labelled a “perfect” player by Dan Egner, Okumu certainly seems to have the defensive capabilities to be a solid prospective addition to Celtic’s ranks and potentially pose a risk for Starfelt and his place in the team moving forward.
Also, with the 27-year-old having to be stretchered off during Sweden’s recent win over Slovenia after picking up an injury, this could well force Celtic into action and bring in a player like the Gent colossus to help give them some extra depth at the back.