Alan Stubbs hits the nail on the head with Cameron Carter-Vickers to Celtic verdict
Former Celtic defender Alan Stubbs has got it bang on as he outlined why a permanent move for Cameron Carter-Vickers is a “no brainer”.
Carter-Vickers has been in scintillating form for the Hoops this season. On loan from Tottenham Hotspur, Cameron has been a stalwart at the heart of the Celtic backline and has been a key figure in our pursuit of title glory.
Last week, it was reported by SBI Soccer that CCV was in advanced talks with Celtic over a summer move. The Daily Record, meanwhile, has claimed that the player’s camp believes Parkhead is the best place for his development. That report also states that a deal between Spurs and Celtic could rise to £10m after an initial £6m fee.
And Stubbs believes that Celtic will do well to guarantee a player of Carter-Vickers’ quality for that figure if they decide to try their luck elsewhere.
As quoted by the Record, Stubbs said: “In today’s market £6m seems good value. He’s at a good age and the potential is there for his stock to rise even higher. Celtic have been shrewd with their buying and selling – they made fortunes moving on the likes of Victor Wanyama, Virgil van Dijk and Moussa Dembele – and Cameron’s re-sale value could rocket.
“There are also practical football reasons for making him a Celtic player. He has already shown he fits in at Parkhead and with the manager’s style of play it helps to have a centre-back who can bring the ball out of defence and pose problems for the opposition.
“He’s been a rock for Ange this year. He’s easily been Celtic’s best defender, someone who’s at least a 7/10 every week and often more than that. Put it this way – if they have to buy someone else who’s guaranteed to be as good, it will cost them a fair bit more than £6m!”
Celtic won’t find another CCV between £6m – £10m
Carter-Vickers will be in the last year of his Tottenham contract next season. That’s why the North London club are having to sell for a smaller fee than they would probably like.
But regardless of whether Celtic are paying £6m or £10m, it’s entirely worth it. Even if he was to become the club’s record signing in terms of a transfer outlay, it still makes total sense.
If we decided not to move here then it would cause us a couple of potential problems. The first being that we would need a new centre-back who would need to adapt to Ange’s style and gel instantly with Starfelt. In keeping CCV, we would be able to keep a partnership in place that’s had a full campaign to understand each other. This is especially important on the European stage.
Secondly, you’re then simply praying that the person who comes in is of similar quality to CCV. That’s going to be extremely difficult for similar or lesser money. It’s not a risk you can see Ange wanting to take either. If we’re going to spend between £6m and £10m on a centre-back, let it be for CCV.
It’s also the deal that the fans are desperate to see happen this summer. As much as we would love to see Jota signed up for the long-term, there appears to be a mutual understanding that CCV is the primary target. Ange has already spoken about how much he loves having Carter-Vickers around the place too [Daily Record].
The deal looks there for Celtic to go and do. The player, meanwhile, looks happy whilst UCL football is coming his way if he stays. There’s no reason we can’t finalise this.