Celtic bonus as Cameron Carter-Vickers is not selected for USA duty; available for derby

By John McGinley

January 21, 2022

Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has not been selected for the United States national team in the upcoming international window.

The USA play EL Salvador, Canada and Honduras over the next couple of weeks and there was a suggestion Carter-Vickers could get the nod due to his performances for Celtic this term.

However, the squad has been officially announced and there is no sign of the Tottenham Hotspur loanee.

That means the 24-year-old will be available for Celtic clashes against Hearts, Dundee United and, crucially, Rangers. Carter-Vickers has won eight caps with his country but hasn’t had any since 2019. Still, he’ll be looking to get back to that stage in time.

He has arguably been Celtic’s most impressive defender this season, being almost ever-present in Ange Postecoglou’s starting eleven.

He adds great composure and strength to the defensive line. He’s also formed a functional partnership with Carl Starfelt, which is improving all the time.

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Obviously, we want all of our players to represent their countries regularly, but this particular window is a pain for the Bhoys, given there is no break in Premiership fixtures.

There is no European qualification action, despite important international matches elsewhere around the world in the Americas and Asia.

It comes after Tom Rogic was selected for Australian duty. He WILL miss upcoming games.

We are still awaiting news from Japan, which should come out over the next 12 hours or so. Will we be without Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate? There’s a chance.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou’s fantastic answer on efficient Celtic transfer strategy you may have missed today.