One of the most interesting talking points from Celtic’s 2-1 win over Ross County was Carl Starfelt’s red card. The player was sent-off for a second bookable offence, but the Hoops managed to win the game in injury time thanks to Anthony Ralston’s towering header.
Starfelt’s red card looked to be quite harsh, as it seemed his first yellow card was for complaining about being elbowed and left with a bloodied nose. His second yellow was for a foul, and that did look like a booking, but the first card didn’t look like the best decision.
Starfelt won’t miss the Premier Sports Cup Final, but he will be out of action for the Bhoys’ next league game, against St Mirren. That will be annoying for manager Ange Postecoglou, as Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers have formed a good partnership in defence.
The good news though is that there is a replacement for Starfelt available in Stephen Welsh, Nir Bitton could also be an option.
It will be interesting to see how Starfelt reacts to his sending-off. You have to imagine that he won’t be best pleased that he is set to miss out on Celtic’s next league game. He could be even more fired up and motivated to turn in a good performance in the Premier Sports Cup Final.
Starfelt might well feel that it was an injustice that he was ordered off against Ross County, and that he will want to put things right by picking up his first medal for the Hoops. That probably won’t take away his feelings about the red card, but it would certainly be a boost to his confidence for the rest of the season.
Starfelt has recovered for what looked to be a shaky start to his Celtic career, and he was particularly good in the recent win over Hearts. With Celtic mostly winning by a single goal in recent weeks, Starfelt and Carter-Vickers have had to be at their best to ensure that Celtic have kept winning, and they have done so.
If Celtic had dropped points against Ross County it would have unfair to blame Starfelt, as he was unlucky to be ordered off. Thankfully that didn’t, but Starfelt might still feel that he owes Celtic a big performance in the cup final.
It looks set up for Starfelt to make up for that red card, and turn in a big display in the cup final. Who knows, perhaps he might find the back of the net from a set piece, to score the winning goal.