Cameron Carter-Vickers likes what he's seeing from rarely used Celtic summer signing

By John McGinley

December 19, 2021

Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has credited the club’s fringe players for stepping up to the plate in recent weeks as the team struggles with injuries.

The likes of Liam Scales, Adam Montgomery, Osaze Urhoghide and others have all been used by manager Ange Postecoglou in recent weeks, with other stars playing out of position.

It’s been a difficult spell and there’s no guarantee the squad will be in any better shape going into today’s League Cup final against Hibernian.

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Carter-Vickers hails Celtic fringe men

Thankfully what Carter-Vickers is seeing from his less-used teammates in training and matches is positive. He’s picked out Scales in particular as someone he has an impressed eye on.

The loanee told The Herald: “All of the boys who’ve come in have done really well. Even though some of them haven’t been playing as much, they are still at the training ground every day working hard. They are all ready for the opportunity when it comes.

“I went to the Europa League game where Liam started (against Real Betis at Parkhead this month) and I thought he played really well and the way he performed on Wednesday (against Ross County in Dingwall) was good as well.

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“The confidence we have between us is such that we are all confident in one another about playing in the big games. We see the players every day in training and we know that they are all good players and will contribute when needed.”

There were definitely positives and negatives to take from Scales’ performance in Dingwall, but he has at least shown he can come into the team and perform in a winning side.

Like some of the other fringe players at Celtic, there’s a long way to go for Scales and a lot of work to do to reach a level where he’s being picked consistently. But the potential is there and the comments from Carter-Vickers on unity at Lennoxtown bode well for the season, including today’s final.

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