Celtic Football Club have announced that it has reached agreement with FC Rubin Kazan for the transfer of Swedish defender Carl Starfelt, subject to the satisfaction of usual conditions and international clearance. On satisfaction and gaining clearance, Carl will sign on a four-year deal.
A Swedish internationalist, Carl has been with FC Rubin Kazan in Russia since 2019 and previously played with IFK Goteborg.
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou said: “I am really pleased agreement has been reached and we are really looking forward to Carl joining up with the squad. Carl is an experienced player and someone with the attributes to be a real success at Celtic.
“He is a strong, athletic and committed defender and will add quality to our squad. I am sure he will be a player our supporters will welcome warmly and someone who will be really important for us going forward.”
Carl will also be subject to standard quarantine protocols and will join the squad as soon as possible.
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New recruit Kieran Trippier is relishing the challenge he’s joined at Newcastle United after completing his move from Atletico Madrid.
“I made it clear a few months ago that if I had the chance to come back to the Premier League, I would love to do so. It’s important for my family, and it’s a great opportunity,” he said.
“I’m the type of player who loves challenges; I had a challenge changing countries and leagues to go to Atletico Madrid in the first place, now I’m at Newcastle. I know the position they are in, I’m here to help on and off the field.
“I’ve got a great relationship with the manager, I’ve worked with him before, and I am the type of player who loves challenges. This is certainly a challenge and one I am excited about.”