Gustaf Lagerbielke will not be a name that is familiar to most Celtic fans, but if the reports from Sweden are to be believed he is going to be our next signing.
He’s a 6’3 central defender, he has one cap for their national team, and he is clearly being pencilled in as our replacement for Carl Starfelt. This is what Celtic fans wanted, and needed to see.
We lose a player and we don’t hesitate; we go out there and bring in a replacement. No messing about, no taking our time over it. If this is how it happens then it’s clear that we’ve got our lists of targets sitting in a drawer somewhere, and that we’re prepared for every eventuality.
That should be encouraging, because there is always a chance we’ll lose someone else.
This guy ticks the boxes so I would imagine that there’s something in the story.
He’s in the right age group. He’s coming from Scandinavia and we have a good record of finding talent from that neck of the woods. Starfelt himself is Swedish, and we know, because of big Mjallby and Lustig that they do produce outstanding defensive players.
But it’s the speed at which we appear to be moving which intrigues me most, and I wonder what that means for the rest of the window.
I do suspect there are a couple of major deals in the works and we’ll see who the targets at pretty soon … but I also wonder if this isn’t the club offering us a little bit of reassurance in case another major name goes.
If we pull this deal off then we have to give full credit to the people running the club. Let’s be honest, we all worried that replacing big Carl would take an age and that we’d be sweating in the meantime.
If this goes through quickly we can assume that the system which worked so well under Ange Postecoglou is going to remain the way we do things.
That should scare people outside of Celtic. It should scare them badly.