Carl Starfelt, once a celebrated component of Celtic’s defensive fortress, finds himself in a dramatically different scenario this season. After clinching a treble with the Scottish giants alongside Cameron Carter-Vickers, Starfelt’s career took a pivotal turn as he sought new challenges in Spain’s La Liga, joining Celta Vigo.

Starfelt’s desire to test himself in one of Europe’s premier leagues became a reality when Celta Vigo expressed interest. With the blessing of Celtic and the supportive nod from manager Brendan Rodgers, Starfelt embarked on a new journey in Spanish football. His transition was seen as a step up, aiming to make a significant impact in a league known for its technical prowess and competitive intensity.

Carl Starfelt

However, Starfelt’s aspirations have been met with unexpected turbulence. Celta Vigo, traditionally a stable mid-table team, has been struggling profoundly. The situation escalated to the point where the club decided to part ways with manager Rafa Benitez, following a series of disappointing results that plunged the team into the depths of relegation uncertainty.

For Starfelt, this represents a stark contrast to his previous season’s triumphs. From being an integral part of a dominant Celtic team that swept domestic honours, he now finds himself in the throes of a battle to avoid relegation.

Interestingly, not many recall that Starfelt’s Celtic journey briefly overlapped with Brendan Rodgers’ tenure. He made a substitute appearance during a championship celebration against Ross County, marking an auspicious start that contrasted sharply with the potential of a relegation-end season at Celta Vigo.

The task at hand is clear: to secure the club’s La Liga status for another season.


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