Even Rangers cheerleading pundits can't help but praise Celtic heroes right now

By Milo Clay

March 1, 2023

Former Rangers man Andy Halliday has been speaking about Celtic star Cameron Carter-Vickers and he feels his Glasgow Derby performances have gone under the radar. 

Ange Postecoglou’s men managed to lift their first trophy of the campaign with a 2-1 win over their bitter rivals Rangers on Sunday. 

Kyogo Furuhashi’s brace proved to be the difference between the sides and the Japanese forward deservedly grabbed the headlines after his display. 

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But the Bhoys were excellent all over the pitch at Hampden Park and had to defend resolutely after Alfredo Morelos got Rangers back into the game. Now, Halliday has praised Carter-Vickers for his role in Celtic seeing out a 2-1 win in the Viaplay Cup final. 

Halliday praises ‘brilliant’ Carter-Vickers 

Speaking on Open Goal, the now Hearts midfielder says that he feels Carter-Vickers has been brilliant in recent Glasgow Derbies.  

“Genuinely in the last five or six derbies, Cameron Carter-Vickers has been an eight out of ten. Every one of them.

“So much stuff goes unnoticed I think. Every time something needs defended in these game it is always him. That [Antonio] Colak one when it falls, he is touch tight and blocks. The one you are talking about is unbelievable [James Tavernier’s low cross into the box].

“[Malik] Tillman has a tap-in at the back post. He is already marking [Fashion] Sakala and how many times do you see a defender divert that in their own goal?

 “The fact he has managed to get enough contact to get that past the post. That is a tap-in for Tillman. Brilliant defending.”

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Carter-Vickers has proven to be an astute piece of business from Celtic after they picked up the American for just £6 million last summer. 

The 25-year-old has played a key role in the Hoops’ success under Postecoglou and he’s arguably been the best central defender in Scotland over the past 18-months. 

Understandably, it’s the attacking talent that often receives the plaudits, especially in a free-flowing side like Postecoglou’s team. 

But Carter-Vickers has been an absolute rock in the heart of defence for the Hoops and long may his brilliant displays continue, especially against Rangers.