Cameron Carter-Vickers reveals he was 'always set' on Celtic move after successful loan spell
Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has insisted that he was ‘always set’ on a move back to Parkhead this summer.
After enjoying a successful spell on loan last campaign, the 23-year-old recently completed a permanent move to Parkhead.
The former Tottenham centre-back quickly became a fan’s favourite at the Hoops after his impressive performances at the back alongside Carl Starfelt.
One of the key pieces of business that Celtic supporters were keen to see conducted was the return of Carter-Vickers, thanks to the option to buy included in the American’s loan deal.
However, as the season progressed and Carter-Vickers continued to be a consistent performer for Ange Postecoglou’s side, reported interest from England also arrived.
Premier League sides such as Leicester City and Wolves were quoted with interest in bringing Carter-Vickers to the club, which raised some doubt about his return to Celtic.
However, the defender became Postecoglou’s first piece of summer business, signing a five-year deal on the opening day of the transfer window.
Celtic fans were delighted to see the return of Carter-Vickers, and it appears that feeling was reciprocated after a brilliant season on loan.
Speaking in a recent interview, the US internationalist revealed that he was ‘always set’ on the move to Celtic and wanted to get the deal over the line as soon as possible.
He said [Glasgow Evening Times]: “I was linked with a few Premier League clubs, but it was never anything concrete because I was always set from the end of last season that I wanted to sign for Celtic.
“That is what I wanted to do. It didn’t happen immediately, but it was still done quite quickly, and I was delighted. It was important for me to finally get away from Tottenham. To get the deal done early in the window was good.
“We had a very good season last year, not just me, but the team. I have bonded well with the team and the coaching staff. I enjoy being here. I got on well with the coaches and the players, and I think I improved as a player as well.
“For me, the Champions League is probably the toughest competition you can play in at club level. To be a part of that and being able to measure yourself up against the best players in the world will be good.
“We’ll be there to try and win every game. I think that’s how the manager will set us up; that’s his way of doing things.”
Carter-Vickers attitude towards Celtic move precisely what Postecoglou is looking for.
Whilst the on-loan defender appeared to be happy turning out for the Bhoys last season, there remained some doubts amongst sections of the support about whether he would return permanently.
It is fair to say that some were even surprised that CCV was Postecoglou’s first piece of transfer business conducted during this window.
However, it just goes to show how keen Carter-Vickers was on a return to Celtic.
During his time at Tottenham, the defender has endured countless loan spells. Now, he finally has a permanent place he can call home at Parkhead.
Being more settled on a permanent basis should only help his game improve too, playing at the highest level in the Champions League group stage.
We won’t have to wait too long until we see Cater-Vickers back in action for Celtic, with the first of six pre-season friendlies kicking off later today.