Celtic have announced the signing of defender Carl Starfelt from Rubin Kazan.
The Hoops confirmed they’ve reached an agreement to sign the Swedish defender
just minutes after Kris Ajer joined Brentford. Starfelt , 26, will sign a four-year
contract with the Hoops after international clearance is received.
Celt’s chiefs lodged a bid with the Russian outfit for the center-half, 26, on Tuesday
afternoon. Starfelt – who just five months ago signed a new deal until 2024 – was
very interested in a Parkhead switch when hearing about the interest.
He follows past Swedish heroes Mikael Lustig, Johan Mjallby and Henrik Larsson by
joining at Parkhead.
He has three caps but failed to make Janne Andersson’s squad for Euro 2020.
Starfelt joined Rubin Kazan from IFK Gothenburg in July 2019, and last season
played 31 games, scoring three goals. His former club will be due 10-per-cent of his
transfer fee. Ange Postecoglou has been working tirelessly to clinch deals for
defensive reinforcements to add to ex-Sheffield Wednesday prospect Osaze
Urhoghide. Starfelt’s seen as a direct replacement for Kristoffer Ajer, who has just
completed a £13.5m switch to Brentford.
A Celtic statement read:
“Celtic Football Club is delighted to announce that it has reached an agreement with FC Rubin Kazan for the transfer of Swedish defender Carl
Starfelt, subject to the satisfaction of usual conditions and international clearance.
“On satisfaction and gaining clearance, Carl will sign on a four-year deal.
“A Swedish internationalist, Carl has been with FC Rubin Kazan in Russia since 2019
and previously played with IFK Goteborg.