Celtic transfer news: Defender Carl Starfelt agrees to join Rubin Kazan | Football news

Celtic have reached a deal to sign defender Carl Starfelt from Russian club Rubin Kazan.

The Swedish center-back has signed a four-year contract at Parkhead, with the transfer requiring international clearance to be finalized.

The 26-year-old’s arrival follows the departure of Kristoffer Ajer, who left Celtic earlier on Wednesday to join Premier League side Brentford for an initial Β£ 13.5million.

Starfelt is set to become the fifth signing for new Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, following the arrivals of Kyogo Furuhashi, Liel Abada, Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide.

“I am really happy that a deal has been reached and we are really looking forward to Carl joining the team,” said Postecoglou. “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 he will add quality to our squad. I am sure he will be a player that our supporters will warmly welcome and someone who will be really important to us in the future.”

Starfelt started his career with IF Brommapojkarna, before joining compatriot Sweden IFK Gotenburg in 2018. He only spent two seasons at Gotenburg before sealing a move to Rubin Kazan.

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The first of Starfelt’s three senior international appearances came in a friendly against the Russian in October 2020, but he did not make the Sweden squad for Euro 2020 earlier this summer.

Celtic will face FC Midtjylland in the second leg of their Champions League qualifier on Wednesday 28 July, before starting their Scottish Premiership campaign against Hearts three days later, live on Sky Sports.

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