Celtic defender Carl Starfelt hailed by Alex McLeish

By Alex McLeish

7th May, 2022 | 9:13am

McLeish in awe of Ange Postecoglou after Carl Starfelt's Celtic transformation

Alex McLeish has been blown away by Carl Starfelt’s turnaround at Celtic.

The former Rangers manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has been left impressed by how the defender has “blossomed” this season.

Starfelt, 26, joined Celtic in the summer of 2021 and has been a mainstay in the side this season.

He has built a formidable partnership with Cameron Carter-Vickers and has so far made 46 appearances for the club.

However, he struggled during his first few weeks in Scotland and drew criticism from some fans as he was seemingly pulling out of headers.

McLeish has been left stunned by the Sweden international’s turnaround after his “shaky” start to life at Parkhead.

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“The manager has seen the guy every day,” McLeish told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge.

“I imagine they have been doing some individual stuff, some video stuff.

“The manager will have known what Starfelt is capable of before he joined Celtic.

“There was a few Celtic players at the start of the season who weren’t at the level.

“Carter-Vickers is one. Starfelt, after a very shaky start, he has blossomed.

“It’s a credit to the manager and the coaches but it also shows the player has the bottle to play for these teams.”

Celtic are next in action against Hearts on Sunday (8 May).

If the Hoops win and Rangers drop points against Dundee United the same day, they will be Premiership champions.

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