Celtic centre-back Carl Starfelt has had a terrific first season for the Hoops, especially when you consider that he had a indifferent start to the season.
His partnership with Cameron Carter-Vickers transformed the Hoops, with the duo helping Celtic to the best defensive record in the league, and the Premiership and Premier Sports Cup trophies.
Starfelt should be looking forward to the Hoops defending the Premiership, and making an impact in the Champions League, which will be a test for the Swedish international, but it is one that he could pass if he maintains the form he showed for the Bhoys in season 2021/22.
However, there could be one regret that the player has and that he is yet to score a goal for Celtic. He played 49 games for the Bhoys, and didn’t manage to find the back of the net once, which is a surprise when you consider that he was up for free-kicks and corners on a regular basis.
Interestingly enough, his central defensive partner Carter-Vickers scored four times for the Bhoys, including a winning goal at Ibrox.
Obviously Starfelt’s main job is to defend, and for the most part he has done an admirable job for the Hoops, but it is puzzling that as yet he has not scored a goal for the Bhoys.
He did play a part in an important goal though, as his header against Livingston was saved, and Daizen Maeda headed home the rebound to give the Hoops the lead in a vital away win, which would have given Celtic fans the belief that the team can go on and win the title.
Will Starfelt be annoyed that he didn’t score for the Hoops this season? Probably not, as has already been stated, his job is to stop the Bhoys from conceding goals, and Celtic have been excellent at doing that this season.
Only time will tell who is playing alongside Starfelt in the Celtic backline next season, most fans will be hoping that it will be Cameron Carter-Vickers, but it remains to be seen if he will return to Celtic as his loan deal from Tottenham has come to an end.
No matter what happens with Carter-Vickers, Starfelt will be a mainstay of the Celtic side going forward as long as he stays fit. Perhaps he will be playing alongside Stephen Welsh, or a new centre-back that the club sign in the summer.
When Starfelt starts next season, he will be looking to help the Hoops keep up their excellent defensive record, and who knows, perhaps he will finally score his first Celtic goal in the first game of the season.