Celtic midfielder Carl Starfelt has managed to keep his place in Sweden’s setup for the upcoming matches against Kosovo and Greece respectively.
Starfelt has been a regular on Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic page this season. However, he has remained in the team despite making many clumsy and disappointing mistakes since signing from the Russian outfit Rubin Kazan.
But in a big moral boost for him, he has received a second row in a row for the Sweden squad. This comes after he missed Euro 2020 during the summer despite a big year in Russia. The confirmation of his call was released by the Swedish FA earlier today:
Starfelt was called to the international matches in September against Spain, Uzbekistan and Greece respectively. But he would sit on the bench for the two World Cup qualifiers against the European sides. In fact, his only appearance was a 28-minute trip to Uzbekistan.
The Hoops defender has not yet played a competitive game for his country at senior level. He hopes to get the chance to get the chance Janne Andersson this month.
Starfelt cost Celtic £ 4m to sign from Kazan in July [Glasgow Times].
Carl Starfelt needs a pick-up after poor Celtic form
Hopefully, this could be the morale booster that Starfelt is in desperate need of. Some may sometimes say that he is a whipping boy, but the truth is that he just has not started well enough for the price of the investment.
We all hoped that his call last time was the blow he needed. But unfortunately he came back and fought in games against such as Real Betis and Dundee United respectively.
So far, he has still not managed to break into Sweden’s first team. It is unlikely that he will play a major role in the qualifiers next month either.
But it’s another time for him to clear his head. To try to find out why things do not work at Celtic as we all hoped when he first signed. He sometimes shows promising qualities, but his use of the ball can sometimes disappoint him badly.
It is obvious that Andersson sees something in Starfelt that gives him another call. The same goes for Postecoglou given that he refuses to let him go. It is now up to the player to show what qualities lie ahead of a hectic period for the football club.
Hopefully he will make some kind of appearance for the Swedes next month. He needs all the boosts he can get when we patiently wait for improvement from him.
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