CELTIC have confirmed the arrival of Swedish international centre-back Carl Starfelt on a four-year deal from Rubin Kazan.

The Hoops had been trailing the 26-year-old defender for weeks, as reported in CQN.

They got the move over the line today and Starfelt’s switch will be rubber-stamped on international clearance and standard quarantine guidelines.

The move is expected to cost the Parkhead club in the region of £4.2million for the powerhouse back-four operator who has been at Rubin Kazan since 2019 and previously played with IFK Goteborg.

Ange Postecoglou, speaking to the club website, said: “I am really pleased agreement has been reached and we are looking forward to Carl joining up with the squad. Carl is an experienced player and someone with the attributes to be a real success at Celtic

“He is a strong, athletic and committed defender and will add quality to our squad. I am sure he will be a player our supporters will welcome warmly and someone who will be really important for us going forward.”

The Hoops have been struggling for numbers in the central defensive area and Nir Bitton was utilised as a makeshift stopper in the 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland. Once again, he did not look comfortable in the role and was red-carded before the interval.

Kristoffer Ajer’s move to Brentford has also been confirmed.

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