A Celtics player, 23, was honored last night at a renowned awards ceremony.


Gustaf Lagerbielke, a defender for Celtic, received recognition yesterday night at a major awards ceremony in Sweden.

The 23-year-old transferred for £3 million from Elfsborg to Celtic [BBC] in the summer, but his standout performances for the Swedish Allsvenkan team won him the admiration of other pros.

Last night, in a Swedish awards ceremony, Lagerbielke was crowned the Allsvenskan’s Defender of the Year. [Kanallenskan]

In his sixteen games for Elfsborg, the 23-year-old showed promise as he scored two goals [Transfermarkt] and defeated tough opponents like Edvin Kurtulus of Hammarby and Swedish international Sebastion Holmen.

Under Brendan Rodgers, Lagerbielke seemed to have vanished from the face of the earth following a respectable Celtics career start.

Lagerbielke didn’t earn the right to play at Celtic because of their defense crisis; instead, Rodgers had to utilize him early in the season.

Nevertheless, he did not fare too badly, and notwithstanding a rough start in the season’s Glasgow Derby, Lagerbielke held his own to help Celtic win 1-0 at Ibrox.

Lagerbielke suffered a severe blow when he was sent off against Feyernoord; he has only appeared twice since.

Recently, Lagerbielke spoke out about his unexpected exclusion from the Celtic matchday roster. The Swede acknowledged he had no idea why he had fallen from favor, but he is still content with the team.

Though it’s obvious that Liam Scales’s rise and Cameron Carter-Vickers’ injury return haven’t benefited him, wasn’t there a chance to include him at some point this season?

Lagerbielke possesses the skill to play well at Celtic as a defender. The largest test of his career thus far will be whether or if he can persuade Brendan Rodgers.

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