Celtic boss confirms Carter-Vickers status for Tannadice; another Hoops player to return next week

By David Walton

December 3, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that Cameron Carter-Vickers will be available for Tannadice in Sunday after surprisingly missing the game against Hearts yesterday.

Carter-Vickers’ absence had supporters concerned that he may have picked up a surprise injury. However, as it turns out, he had to miss out the 1-0 win last night due to a personal issue.

That again had many wondering just how long it could keep him out for. Celtic have another huge must-win match against Dundee United at Tannadice this weekend, and Carter-Vickers will be key in keeping the Terrors quiet.

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But thankfully, Ange has confirmed that he will indeed be available for selection along with left-back Greg Taylor, who is due to return at some stage next week.

Speaking at his post-match press conference which 67HailHail attended, Ange said: “Yes he’ll be allright for Sunday.

“Greg Taylor, not for Sunday but definitely next week he’ll be back in the team which is good”

Celtic 1-0 Hearts | LIVE Reaction

Celtic 1-0 Hearts | LIVE Reaction
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Carl Starfelt impressed in the absence of CCV, but with Stephen Welsh going off with an injury, his return can’t come quickly enough.

Celtic defence continues to impress despite chopping and changing

There were so many fears when Starfelt picked up his injury against Livingston that the backline was going to start wobbling. That we were going to start crumbling and making silly errors whether they be organisational or simply a lack of chemistry between the players.

That hasn’t proved to be the case. Carter-Vickers has been able to team up with Welsh with both bossing things at the back. Starfelt and Carter-Vickers were particularly impressive before the former’s injury. And the Welsh/Starfelt partnership did well to limit Hearts in what was a frantic contest.

Ange is able to now look at his backline and see plenty of options that are beginning to understand each other. When Hearts brought on Liam Boyce for the closing stages last night, you could be forgiven for forgetting all about it. He never got a kick of the ball.

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Impressive too was how the Celtic backline handled the powerful Josh Ginnelly. The Englishman caused us some real problems in the 3-2 Premier Sports Cup win at Parkhead back in August. He was hardly in the game last night, which says a lot about the defensive control we had in the game.

Of course, we still have a first-choice partnership that Ange will continue to push. That continues to be CCV and Starfelt. Therefore, having Carter-Vickers back for such a huge game like Tannadice will be a major boost.

And the same goes for Taylor, who comes in at just the right time with Josip Juranovic likely having to move over to the right to cover for Anthony Ralston’s knock. Celtic are already seeing the benefits of a heavy squad.

In other news, Celtic boss shows up Robbie Neilson with brilliant post-match putdown on BBC Sportsound