Martin O'Neill highlights 2 transfers that are "really important" to Celtic this summer

By David Walton

June 7, 2022

Martin O’Neill believes that securing Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota on permanent contracts is “really important” to Celtic this summer.

The Hoops have just come off a title-winning double season in which both loanees played a crucial role. Carter-Vickers was the club’s first-choice centre-back alongside Carl Starfelt as they secured the best defensive record out of anyone in Scotland.

Jota, meanwhile, added fresh flair, creativity, and a goalscoring edge as he ended the campaign with 13 goals and 14 assists [Transfermarkt].

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Jota is reportedly close to signing for the Hoops permanently [Sky Sports], whilst it’s been claimed that Carter-Vickers has already agreed personal terms [Daily Record]. And O’Neill believes these are 2 major pieces of business that need ot be completed.

As quoted by Football Scotland, O’Neill said: “It’s really important for Celtic to cement those deals. I’m sure they enjoyed their time at the club and it will be interesting to see how it pans out. I’m sure that Celtic, as a football club, and Postecoglou would want to keep those players.

“It now depends on their viewpoint, and perhaps the club. Carter-Vickers, in particular, has seemingly been on-loan endlessly but he’s improved immensely. He was really, really great last season but I’m sure he’s loved it.

“It’s an opportunity to go and play in the Champions League and play against the very best in Europe. Why wouldn’t you want to stay? I’m sure he would.”

Celtic look highly likely from the outside to bring both players back to the club

There are clearly some details still to be ironed out regarding both men’s situations. However, it looks highly likely from the outside as if these will indeed get over the line.

Both men have become far too valuable for the club not to go all out to retain them, regardless of the cost. Their cult hero status amongst the Celtic support makes this a must do, and it would certainly reflect well on Chief Executive Michael Nicholson if he can get it done.

Carter-Vickers’ importance to the team can’t be underestimated. He’s been part of a centre-back partnership that’s now been together for a full campaign. The last thing Ange needs is to see one of them depart and have to develop an entire new backline. Especially just a few months before Champions League participation.

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As for that UCL carrot, you have to imagine that’s given Celtic a real bonus to entice them with heading into the summer. Just as it will in any potential transfer dealing they decide to go for.

Martin is spot on here. Losing either or both transfers would be an absolute hammer blow to the support. One that we would do well to recover in over the course of the summer window.

Hopefully, we aren’t far away from confirmation on both when the team links back up for pre-season.

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