Celtic made Starfelt blunder after 36 backwards passes revealed in one game - pundit
Noel Whelan has suggested Celtic may have made a transfer blunder signing Carl Starfelt this summer.
The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 26-year-old has failed to improve the Hoops’ defence since joining from Rubin Kazan.
Starfelt made his 14th start of the season in Thursday’s 4-0 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen.
The Sweden international was heavily involved against the Germans, with more touches of the ball (98) than any other player (WhoScored).
As such, he attempted more passes (88) than anyone, with a pass completion rate of 95 per cent.
However, Whelan admitted the centre-back’s qualities out of possession leave much to be desired.
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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “You want a solid defence. Where they fell last year was defensively.
“They brought in new players this year, Starfelt being one of them. You expect them to turn the tide.
“Now you’re questioning was it a good signing? Is he the right man for it?
“Because performances need to be a lot better from a player of that standard. You can’t hide away when you’re out there on the field, everyone sees it.
“It’s not like a normal 9-5 when you work in an office where a handful of people see it. This is shown live to every Celtic fan and people that are there watching.”
Of Starfelt’s 88 attempted passes, 36 (40.9%) went backwards.
Celtic also signed Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan from Tottenham to help bolster the back line over the summer.
The need for defensive reinforcements came after the Bhoys sold defensive star Kristoffer Ajer to Brentford.