CARL STARFELT could have marked his final Celtic appearance at Parkhead with a goal.

Unfortunately, for the Swedish central defender the goal was for Ross County, but it didn’t prevent the champions from gaining all three points in a 4-2 victory on Flag Day at Parkhead.

Starfelt, who arrived at the club in a £4.2million switch from Russian outfit Rubin Kazan two years ago, has been linked with a move from the champions, as CQN reported yesterday.

The international back-four operator started on the bench against the Highlanders, but made an appearance in the 67th minute for new Bhoy Maik Nawrocki, the towering Polish stopper who was signed last month for £4.3million from Legia Warsaw.

HOOPS EXIT…Brendan Rodgers reveals Carl Starfelt could be on his way.

Starfelt appears to be coming to the end of his brief Hoops career as manager Brendan Rodgers, speaking to Sky Sports, admitted: “Carl could leave, hence the reason for not starting him.

“That’s maybe something that will go through next week, but we shall see.

“He’s obviously been a fantastic servant here, he’s a great guy and really committed, but there’s reasons why he might want to move on.”

The champions were leading 4-1 with a double from David Turnbull and singles from Kyogo Furuhashi and Matt O’Riley when Starfelt deflected in a shot from James Brown in stoppage-time.

The County defender’s shot was heading into the arms of Joe Hart until the defender’s frantic lunge saw the shot diverted into the roof of his own net.


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