Celtic hero Chris Sutton says Hoops have avoided "nightmare" over international selection

By Euan Davidson

January 22, 2022

Celtic favourite Chris Sutton believes the Hoops avoided a “nightmare” with Cameron Carter-Vickers not being called up to the USA squad.

USA boss Gregg Berhalter said he’s been monitoring the Celtic loanee’s performances. However, as we found out last night, Carter-Vickers didn’t make the latest America squad, meaning he’ll be available against Dundee United, Hearts and Rangers.

Carter-Vickers has had an exceptional season in the Green and White. Along with 2 goals and an assist from centre-back, the English-born USMNT man has won a remarkable 4.2 aerial duels a game [WhoScored?]. His reading of the game has been superb. He’s averaging 1.8 interceptions per 90, and 4.7 clearances, all in the Scottish Premiership.

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A consistent presence for Ange Postecoglou this season, Carter-Vickers has provided defensive solidity. And according to Chris Sutton, the Tottenham Hotspur Academy product is vital to Celtic.

Sutton said [Record]: “…Carter-Vickers has been the glue.

“He defends well in one-against-one situations and he’s decent in the air, crucially, in both boxes.He’s quick and reads the game well.

“Put simply, if there is one other player apart from Furuhashi that Celtic would not want to be missing out on a key game at the moment, it’s Carter-Vickers.

“Postecoglou will be relieved he doesn’t have to go away with the USA national team for their games against El Salvador, Canada and Honduras over the next fortnight. That would have been a shuddering blow with the matches against Hearts, Dundee United and Rangers all coming in that period.

“[Missing Kyogo] in the Premiership this season for a chunk of games has been hard enough for Postecoglou. Losing the best defender into the bargain as well would be a nightmare.”

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Chris Sutton is right; Cameron Carter-Vickers has been crucial for Celtic

The Cameron Carter-Vickers signing was something of an exception this summer. While a lot of transfer business was done with minimal fuss, the Carter-Vickers loan move was a more drawn-out affair.

It was 100% worth it, though. He may not grab the headlines like Kyogo, or even Joe Hart. But Carter-Vickers has been absolutely outstanding this season. A player loaned out here there and everywhere, he seems to have found a home at Celtic.

For how long, is another question. In the short term, though, we get to enjoy his talents for three crucial games. Dundee United, as we know, can be tricky. Hearts are always a battle. Rangers, meanwhile, is a fixture that speaks for itself.

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Having been an utter mainstay this season, Carter-Vickers heading out with the USA squad would’ve been a tricky blow to deal with. Fine, Jullien is returning to the fold. Stephen Welsh has been solid in his appearances. However, in terms of sheer ability, Carter-Vickers stands out.

A key cog in the best Scottish defence this season, why the USA manager opted against picking him seems a mystery. Having already won caps for the USA at far lesser teams, it’s an odd decision to have made. But we certainly won’t complain.

Chris Sutton is bang on. Carter-Vickers has been the glue for us. And having him stay at Celtic this month is a huge bonus.

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