Celtic favourite Chris Sutton implores club to get £6m deal done; makes Souttar comparison

By Euan Davidson

January 8, 2022

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has implored the club to sign Cameron Carter-Vickers on a permanent deal.

Celtic are in negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur over the USA international [Sky Sports], who has been excellent for Ange Postecoglou this season.

Carter-Vickers, who’s had loan spells with Bournemouth, Luton and others, seems to have found a home with Celtic. He’s played in all but 2 games for the Bhoys since arriving in the summer, and has adapted perfectly to the tactical demands of the Greek-Aussie boss.

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Smart in possession, and excellent at cutting out danger, the ever-present Carter-Vickers has been a shrewd loan-to-buy deal from Celtic. Now, it’s the “buy” part that’s of most interest to supporters, as well as Chris Sutton.

Sutton said of Carter-Vickers, in his Daily Record column: “I’m a huge fan of Carter-Vickers.

“The way this team plays leaves the centre halves exposed and I think he has coped very well in one-v-one situations.

“He is quick, comfortable on the ball and fits the role really well.

“Six million quid? It’ll be a big miss if Celtic don’t sign him. Some have mentioned John Souttar. He’s a talented guy and if they could get him on the cheap then why not?

“But he’s a right centre half and if you were asking a straight pick between him and Carter-Vickers I would take the American international.”

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Hard to disagree with Chris Sutton here; Cameron Carter-Vickers is a must for Celtic

Expensive though he would be, Celtic have the ability to clear up wages and garner transfer fees to make a deal for Carter-Vickers work. That is, if the money hasn’t been put aside already.

The likes of Bolingoli, Ajeti and Barkas need moved on, with each on a decent chunk of the wage budget at Celtic Park. That could really grease the wheels on a permanent bid for CCV.

Why? Well if it’s not already obvious from watching him, Carter-Vickers has been a vital contributor to this Celtic side. He averages 4.9 clearances per 90, is imperious in the air with 4.4 won duels a game [WhoScored?], can advance the ball with quality passes, and reads the game smartly.

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It’s hard to think of a player Postecoglou has relied upon more. He’s started and finished every single game he’s played for Celtic this season [Transfermarkt]. From a financial perspective, he’s still young at 24, and has already shown his capabilities in Europe as well as in domestic football.

Therefore, if you want to look at it cynically, he could make Celtic a profit in the long-term. But from a purist’s perspective, it’s about the now and the future.

He’s been a fantastic, perhaps underrated signing for the Hoops. If, as Chris Sutton hopes, Celtic can make it a permanent deal, then it’d be absolutely fantastic business. And, a real statement of our intent this season and beyond.

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