"He'll be big"; USA international impressed with Celtic teammate who's "got quality on the ball"

By Euan Davidson

November 24, 2021

USA international and Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers admits he’s been impressed by the forwards at the club, especially James Forrest.

With Celtic described as an attacking side, the likes of Forrest, Kyogo and Jota have nabbed the headlines. But for Cameron Carter-Vickers, that’s perfectly fine, because the quality attackers are letting him “do [his] thing”.

Carter-Vickers, one of the stand-out performers in the Premiership this season, has been a sturdy and confident addition to the squad. Brought in on loan from Spurs, it’s the attackers that have stolen the back pages. But CCV is motoring away nicely in the Bhoys defence.

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After Forrest’s winner at the weekend against St Johnstone, Carter-Vickers was asked about the Celtic favourite and his colleagues further up the pitch. His praise for Forrest, a difference-maker on Saturday, was unequivocal.

The USMNT defender said [Celtic FC]:

“[Forrest will] be big for us, he’s a good player. He’s got quality on the ball, he knows the game as well. Intelligent movements. I think like he showed when he came on against St Johnstone, he scored the winning goal, and that’s what we think he can do more of.

“As a defender, when you go out on the pitch and have faith your forwards will score, that kind of helps you. You know it’s just a matter of time, you can be patient and do your thing, knowing that they’ll do theirs.

“So yeah, it’s good.”

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Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers is right to hail his teammates but he deserves props himself

We aren’t going to argue with Cameron Carter-Vickers over James Forrest. Nor the freedom he’s playing with due to the attackers, or anything else. What we will say, though, is that the defenders brought in by Ange Postecoglou probably deserve more credit.

Since the Bayer Leverkusen game, the defence has improved vastly. Carter-Vickers becoming more used to Postecoglou’s system and a general familiarity with the club’s expectations have helped hugely.

The guy isn’t a USA international for no reason.

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Clearly, the Spurs loanee is adapting well to life at Celtic. There’s a real bond amongst these players. Everyone seems to know their roles and responsibilities, and that very much includes Carter-Vickers.

As for Forrest? Of course he’s going to be a big presence for Celtic this season if he stays fit. He’s closing in on 100 goals and 100 assists for the Bhoys [Transfermarkt]; a remarkable feat for any player.

As long as he and his teammates are doing their thing, Carter-Vickers can continue being a steady presence in the Hoops defence.

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