By Frank McAvennie

1st Aug, 2021 | 12:26pm

McAvennie expects Celtic to sign three senior stars after £4m-plus deal agreed

Frank McAvennie insists Celtic need three new defenders after securing the signing of Carl Starfelt.

The Hoops icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has not been impressed with the club’s back four in recent games.

On July 27th, Celtic announced the signing of Starfelt, 26, from Rubin Kazan for a fee of over £4million.

The Sweden international was thrown in from the start as Celtic lost 2-1 to Hearts on Saturday night.

This marked the first time the Hoops had lost an opening day league fixture for 24 years.

The defender was nowhere near John Souttar as he headed in the winner at Tynecastle.

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Starfelt was also caught all ends up when defending Hearts’ opener and McAvennie claims the rest of the defence isn’t much better.

“They need so much more,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“They have let Kristoffer Ajer go and everyone else is nowhere near good enough. It’s embarrassing.

“The boy Starfelt has come in, is he going to be enough? I don’t know anything about him.

“We’re hoping he’s a good player and he can do it but he needs help.

“We can’t just sign him and go see that as the defence being sorted. The rest are too weak.

“He can’t do it all on his own. The warning signs were there when Michail Antonio tore them apart.

“Honestly we need another two or three defenders in before the window shuts.

“Whether the board will sanction that, who knows? I’m fed up of guessing.”

Antonio scored twice at Celtic were humbled in a 6-2 loss to West Ham last weekend.

The Hoops are next in action against FK Jablonec in their Europa League play-off game.

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