Starfelt facing Celtic axe after source update - pundit
Alan Hutton has claimed Carl Starfelt is under serious threat of the axe at Celtic after being snubbed by Sweden over the international break.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland defender suggested the 26-year-old would make way for Christopher Jullien when the Frenchman returns from injury.
The summer signing was not part of Sweden manager Janne Andersson’s matchday squad for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Kosovo.
Speaking to Fotbollskanalen, Andersson explained he picked Alex Milosevic over Starfelt as he feels he is a more decisive defender.
Starfelt has struggled at Parkhead since joining from Rubin Kazan.
He has had the likes of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Stephen Welsh for competition
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Now long-term injury absentee Jullien is closing in on a comeback.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider while the Frenchman is on the recovery trail, he is not expected to feature before the end of October.
Regardless of when Jullien returns, Hutton insisted Starfelt is fighting a battle to play for both club and country.
“It’s been a tough start to the season for him,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“Then getting left out of the Sweden squad. You know it’s because you’re not performing at club level. That’s the only reason behind it.
“You look at the likes of Jullien coming back soon. It’s been a problem area for them. Bringing in two new signings in Carter-Vickers and Starfelt, it’s been a tough start for them.
“You would think that Jullien will come back and hopefully settle the ship for them. It’s whoever is going to play alongside.
“I would go for Carter-Vickers. I think he can be solid. He will be a better player playing next to someone experienced.