Celtic man Cameron Carter-Vickers left Kenny Dalglish hugely impressed after Anfield visit

By David Walton

April 12, 2022

Celtic centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers left a big impression on Kenny Dalglish when he saw him in action live at Anfield.

Carter-Vickers has shone at Parkhead on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur. It’s been reported that the Hoops will need to fork out £10m to sign him permanently [Daily Record].

His move to Glasgow came after coming through the ranks at Spurs and making 5 appearances for the first team. However, most of his career in North London has been spent with the reserves outside of loan spells.

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And Dalglish has been speaking about when he previously saw CCV in action up close in a reserve match at Liverpool’s home ground. Unsurprisingly, the USA international left a positive impression on the Scottish icon.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Dalglish said: “If he wants to leave Tottenham, then I’m sure he will be more than happy to sign for Celtic – if the finances are right. He’s done brilliantly. All the paperwork and suggestions for next year will be going on but there won’t be any fast or hard decisions until this season is finished. Celtic will be a greater attraction to Carter-Vickers now than what he realised when he first came up.

“I remember him from his time at Tottenham when he was in the first-team squad one day. The next day, he came up to Anfield to play in a reserve game and his attitude was 100 percent on. That was impressive to me because he came up and played without any animosity.

“He played with the younger boys at Tottenham after being involved in the first-team and that’s got to impress you. I don’t know the guy but he looks like a good professional.”

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Carter-Vickers’ attitude has been on point for Celtic this season

Dalglish hits on an important point here. It’s not just the performances of Carter-Vickers that have impressed Celtic supporters this term. His attitude has absolutely been on point.

Granted, it’s probably easier to be a happy face amongst the crowd when you’re playing every game. But the manner in which CCV has tackled the challenges in front of him this season has been seriously impressive.

It’s no wonder there’s a clamour for us to sign him. Even at £10m, there is a valid question to be asked of whether we could get better quality in for that price. If CCV is up for the move, and reports suggest he is [Daily Record], then it has to be pursued vigorously.

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Of course, before all of that, there’s a league championship to wrap up first. A potential treble could be on the cards too. Combine that experience with the prospect of Champions League football next year and really there’s nothing more Celtic could do to try and persuade CCV that his future lies here.

Stability is also vital for Celtic next season. Keeping Carter-Vickers would solve the issue of having a player come into Parkhead needing time to settle. The last thing we want is to splash out on a big-money signing that needs 3-5 months to get to grips with things.

All the more reason for Celtic to do a deal this summer then.

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