Celtic may have a 100% record under new manager Ange Postecoglou in pre-season but there are some worrying signs beginning to emerge.
The Australian stated last week that he hoped the Hoops would be able to confirm a few new signings over the next seven days but that now looks unlikely.
The Bhoys have concluded two new signings and it appeared as though a third was imminent.
Celtic have been in talks to bring another centre-back to the club with Mario Vuskovic in the firing line.
However, the most promising deal was one for Carl Starfelt. Celtic had a made a bid and negotiations were ongoing.
That said, a move is now off the table for the time being as they wait to see what happens with Kristoffer Ajer.
Fabrizio Romano took to Facebook (Via Celtic Star) to say: “Celtic have offered €5m to Rubin Kazan to sign Carl Starfelt as new centre back. But at the moment talks are not progressing as Celtic have stepped down – waiting on next steps also on Ajer future.”
This is an incredibly bizarre situation.
Celtic know Ajer wants to leave and he’s already begun to make things incredibly difficult for the club.
The Norwegian has just a year left remaining on his deal at Paradise but the Glaswegian’s are still hoping to sell for around £20m.
That’s a hefty sum of money for a player they could lose for free in a year’s time.
What makes the decision even more baffling is that Celtic need new faces imminently, especially with their European qualification campaign getting underway next week.
They have signed two younger faces in Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide but the experience of Starfelt would have gone down a treat.
No player registered a higher pass completion rate than his 91.4% in the Russian top-flight last term and he is capped at international level with Sweden.
A further supporter commented that it was getting comical, labelling the situation a calamity.
This may be a new era under Postecoglou but the problems that plagued Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell’s tenure are still lingering.
Celtic desperately need to improve their recruitment.