McLeish backs Starfelt to become Celtic hero after seven-figure bid accepted for sixth signing
Alex McLeish has backed Carl Starfelt to become a star in Scotland ahead of a prospective move to Celtic.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 26-year-old’s upbringing in Sweden would make him well-suited for the Premiership.
As revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday (July 14th), Rubin Kazan have accepted Celtic’s £4.3million bid for Starfelt.
The Sweden international has been given a green light to undergo a medical and complete the transfer after a breakthrough in negotiations.
He is set to become Celtic’s sixth summer signing follow the captures of Israel winger Liel Abanda and youngsters Bosun Lawal, 18, Liam Shaw, 20, and Osaze Urhoghide, 21, and Joey Dawson, 18.
Ange Postecoglou is in the market for at least one new centre-back to replace wantaway star Kristoffer Ajer.
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Celtic have also seen Shane Duffy return to Brighton after his ill-fated loan spell at Parkhead.
McLeish insisted the Bhoys need to bring in a new centre-half ahead of the new campaign.
He tipped Starfelt to adapt quickly to the “rough and tumble” of Scottish football.
Asked if a new centre-back was a priority for Celtic, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah. No doubt.
“I really believe that they need a new centre-back. Normally Swedes are pretty solid players.
“It’ll be interesting to see if Starfelt comes and if it does, you would think he would be up to the task of playing in Scotland.
“The rough and tumble of the Scottish Premiership, hard tackles, fast closing down, centre-forwards that mess you about a wee bit.
“Swedes are easily capable of coping with that.”
Starfelt, who started his career at Brommapojkarna, has three caps for Sweden under his belt to date.
He joined Kazan from IFK Goteborg in 2019 and has played 42 times across all competitions for the Russian outfit.