Report: Celtic target Cameron Carter-Vickers not interested in a loan move

By David Walton

August 2, 2021

Reported Celtic target Cameron Carter-Vickers isn’t interested in making a loan move this summer and instead wants a permanent exit, the Daily Record reports.

The report states that the Hoops are in talks with Tottenham Hotspur over a potential move for the USA international. However, Celtic had been hoping to strike a loan agreement with Spurs for the centre-back.

Tottenham value the player at £5million, with Celtic having already splashed out on their backline by bringing in Carl Starfelt to Parkhead.

And it looks as though they’ll have to dig deep into the pockets again to strengthen it further should they go down the Carter-Vickers route. According to the Record, a source close to the player said the following:

“Cameron needs a fresh start to kick start his career. A loan move is not something he’d be keen on.”

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Yes, it’s always nice to strike a bargain or secure a valuable loan signing, but Carter-Vickers’ valuation isn’t out of our ballpark.

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Celtic have proven in the past that they’ll happily go over £5m to strengthen. We signed Christopher Jullien in the summer of 2019 for £7m for example [Scottish Sun]. Our backline is in an even worse state than it was back then.

Celtic should easily have the money to finance any £5m deal. We’ve raked in over £30m in player sales in 2021 alone. That’s not to mention whatever we bag for Odsonne Edouard this summer also.

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If Ange Postecoglou feels that signing Carter-Vickers is a priority, Celtic need to act on it. It could be the case that he feels other targets are more important, but it should come down to the manager.

If the board are turning away from targets because it takes more of a chunk out of our budget than they would like, then that’s not acceptable. Postecoglou will be very aware of what he’s working with financially. You have to trust he knows what he’s doing when he tries to bolster the squad.

Carter-Vickers’ determination to leave Spurs permanently will be a frustration for Celtic given their loan hopes. But the option is there to go and grab him permanently, something that would be more of a fan-pleasing move than any loan deal would.

In other news, Odsonne Edouard should no longer be an automatic Celtic starter