When it comes to Celtic’s recruitment, things are never achieved the easy way.
You only need to look at the Hoops’ pursuit for a new manager a few months ago when they negotiated with Eddie Howe for two months before settling on Ange Postecoglou.
Celtic’s transfer window is also turning out to be a topsy-turvy affair with plenty of twists and turns.
Last week it was revealed that Celtic were interested in signing Rubin Kazan defender Carl Starfelt.
However, the Bhoys have had another change of heart and have moved again to wrap up a deal.
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano who claims there will be an announcement soon regarding his arrival at Parkhead.
He tweeted: “Celtic have reached an agreement with Rubin Kazan to sign Carl Starfelt, done deal and here we go. €5m as final fee – negotiations completed. Next target: Brandon Soppy. Celtic official announcement soon for Starfelt, personal terms agreed as advanced one week ago.”
This would be the club’s third signing after Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide.
Whether or not an agreement on this deal means that Celtic will finalise Ajer’s exit remains to be seen but either way, Starfelt would be a fabulous addition for the Hoops.
He fits Postecoglou’s play style and is an ideal fit for the type of profile the club should be looking at.
Last summer they welcomed Shane Duffy to the club on loan but he evidently didn’t fit what Celtic were trying to achieve.
A colossus in the air, the Irishman’s distribution was far from perfect.
Starfelt, on the other hand, prides himself on transitioning the ball out of the defence. He doesn’t carry the ball forward in a way that Ajer would but his passing is superb.
In fact, no player in the Russian top-flight had a higher success rate than the Sweden international’s 91.4% last season.
With that in mind, supporters should be excited by the fact that Celtic have changed their mind again on the player.
Distributing the ball out from the back will be key under Postecoglou, especially after his open mic training session showed that he wants the team to play one or two-touch football.
Starfelt is perfect for that and at the age of 26, has experience at European and international level on his side.
With Celtic’s European qualification campaign rapidly approaching, getting this deal sorted as quickly as possible will be imperative to settle the nerves of supporters.