‘Someone Ask Brendan Why’ ‘A Very Weird Situation!’ Celtic Fans Question Absence Of £3M Summer Signing

Celtic defender Gustaf Lagerbielke was not named in the matchday squad for the 1-1 draw against Motherwell on Saturday.

It was the seventh successive time that the Swedish international has been left out by manager Brendan Rodgers for a league game.

Considering Lagerbielke cost the Hoops the best part of £3m when he was signed from Elfsborg in the summer, fans on X have been left wondering why the centre-back has fallen out of favour:

Lagerbielke’s Performances can’t be to blame

The 23-year-old did get sent off against Feyenoord in September but he went on to start in subsequent league games against Livingston and Motherwell, which Celtic won.

In fact, it should be pointed out that, in the 5 Scottish Premiership matches that Lagerbielke featured in, Celtic conceded just once.

Celtic have stockpiled defenders

After Nat Phillips was brought in on loan from Liverpool, the Hoops ended up with seven centre-backs in the first-team squad, which is way too many.

Combined with the fact that Rodgers tends to select just one centre-half on the bench, it is not completely surprising that Lagerbielke has been missing out. Even so, it is a rather concerning situation for the player.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.