New Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers: I'm here to win
Cameron Carter-Vickers has made himself abundantly clear about his Celtic targets.
Carter-Vickers joined from Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan on deadline day. The Bhoys have the option to sign the Essex-born defender permanently [Celtic FC].
And he comes with a clear mission statement about his plans at the club [Celtic FC/Twitter]:
“Just to win.
“I’ve come here, I know the expectation of Celtic is to win every game they play. So that’s what I’m here to try and help the team do.
“I talked to Joe Hart before I came up here, and he said the atmosphere’s unbelievable. He said it’s one of the best atmosphere’s he’s ever seen. So I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
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About the move itself, Carter-Vickers said [Celtic FC/Twitter]:
“It was quick, it happened all fairly quick, but yeah, it’s good.
“I was just sitting at home, relaxing, not knowing what was going to happen. Obviously, got the call and had to rush to Tottenham’s training ground to get it all signed off.
“Soon as I heard [it was] Celtic, it was something I wanted to do. It’s a massive club with a massive fanbase. Obviously, European football as well, it should be good.”
Cameron Carter-Vickers has time to settle after Celtic deadline day move
Somewhat fortuitously, there’s an international break on. With Carter-Vickers missing this round of USMNT fixtures, he has time to settle and integrate with his new teammates and coaches before Ross County visit next weekend.
That’ll give the player, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, some much needed mental rest after the upheaval of a late move. Having to move very quickly, with little notice, has to be something that would take its toll on anyone, short-term.
However, the former Catholic United youth player sounds excited to get going. As someone who very clearly understands what Celtic supporters expect, the English Championship veteran, at just 23, has experience and ability to make a difference.
Carter-Vickers, as a person, seems like the kind of driven, humble character that Ange Postecoglou likes. The defender has a really interesting background, as made clear in a 2018 US Soccer profile.
A determined defender, with great experience, fans will be excited to see what Carter-Vickers can do.