It’s not very often Carl Starfelt gets praise from anyone in the media.
In fact, one could argue that there was a concerted media campaign against the Celtic defender from the day he pulled on a Celtic jersey.
A mistake on his debut against Hearts last season when he was just off a plane from Russia automatically meant the Scottish media labelled him a dud.
Journalists like Hugh Keevins and Tom English couldn’t wait to stick the boot into him on almost a weekly basis and, to be honest, it was getting tedious.
But now we have some proper praise for the big Swede. A real bit of feedback on the player who is consistently ridden in the media and it is long overdue.
Writing in his column in the Daily Record, Chris Sutton said of Starfelt, “Defensively, though, it’s not been as seamless [Celtic’s performances]. Gaps have appeared. Starfelt has been a bigger miss than some people think.
“The Swedish international built a rock-solid partnership alongside Cameron Carter-Vickers last season. In his absence and with Carter-Vickers also missing games due to injury prior to the World Cup, Postecoglou has turned to Stephen Welsh and Moritz Jenz.
“Those switches haven’t been quite as smooth. Last season, Postecoglou’s men won the title having lost just 22 goals in their 38 top-flight games. They’ve lost 13 in 15 already this term.
“Interestingly, in the period between the Swede getting injured against Rangers at the start of September and returning for the league match at Motherwell over two months later, Postecoglou’s team lost 10 goals in seven outings before he was back in the two games prior to Qatar against Motherwell and Ross County.“
The only saving grace we have seen since Starfelt has been out is how well Moritz Jenz has performed but Starfelt should find himself back in the first team fray very soon. Hid performances last season at least deserve it.