Brendan Rodgers Confirms Celtic Will Sign Starfelt Replacement

Brendan Rodgers Confirms Celtic Will Sign Starfelt Replacement

The news of Carl Starfelt’s potential Celtic exit came as a surprise to many.

It is looking highly likely a deal between the champions and Celta Vigo will go through for the 28-year-old and should it eventually, the Hoops will be forced back into the market for a central defender, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

Post-match versus Ross County, the Irishman revealed it looks as though the club will need to draft in another centre half amid the Swede’s exit.

Rodgers said (The Scotsman): “We would need to get another centre half. The whole idea was to have four that could be competitive, and if Carl was to go, we would bring in another one.”

There are still a number of weeks left in the transfer window. This gives Celtic and Rodgers plenty of time to find a valid Starfelt replacement.

Even if they do, it is likely that one of Stephen Welsh, Liam Scales or Yuki Kobayashi will stick around.

As the double treble-winning boss said, the Hoops want four competitive centre backs. Cameron Carter-Vickers, Maik Nawrocki, a new signing and one of the aforementioned trio make up such a quartet.

Matt O’Riley “grateful” Brendan Rodgers is now playing him in his favourite Celtic position and role

Over the last couple of months, no one has sounded happier with Brendan Rodgers coming into the club than Matt O’Riley and that trend has continued in the wake of Saturday’s Celtic win.

O’Riley was a standout against the Staggies, assisting David Turnbull’s second goal before expertly rifling home his own effort after latching on to a delightful flicked ball from Kyogo Furuhashi.

The midfielder feels like Rodgers is now using him in the best way, allowing him to impact the game from deeper areas rather than pushing forward onto the opposition’s defensive line like the last couple of seasons.

O’Riley said [The Scotsman]: “It was a slightly different role for me. I’m kind of a little bit more involved in build up deeper with a licence to go forward. It’s probably my favourite position and probably where I am most effective and can help the team most. So I am grateful to be able to show that.

“For me personally I thrive a bit more when I am coming on to the game. I am not saying I can’t play the higher role well. But when I can see the play happen I can make runs off of other people’s movements and that’s probably where I’m best.

“I also like defensively going back to help as well. I think that is something I have improved since I have been at the club [the past 18 months]. Playing in Callum [McGregor’s holding] role last season probably improved me as an all round player and physically I am in a better place than I was last season as well. Still a long way to go but things are starting to come together.”

These are promising comments from one of the club’s top talents. He’s clearly preparing himself for a big season at Celtic and sounds eager to show his best stuff yet.

The comment about being able to see the game more effectively suggests we will witness more of his football intelligence and awareness moving forward. He clearly wants the ball in front of him, not linking from others behind him.

O’Riley’s personal form last season was up and down by his own admission – it’d be fantastic to see him now string together real consistency and become one of the most important performers in the team under Rodgers.

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