The must-watch Cameron Carter-Vickers video after Celtic move
New Bhoy Cameron Carter-Vickers may already be a known quantity to Celtic supporters.
He’s a US international, technically a Tottenham Hotspur player, and a familiar name in UK football. However, what you might not know is what he’s like as a person.
Thankfully, there’s a video to help. Released in 2018 by US Soccer, this guide to Cameron Carter-Vickers’ background is a handy illustration of what the new Celtic defender is like, and how his childhood has informed his career.
Turns out, he’s a mature, confident defender with a really interesting background. The son of former NBA player Howard Carter [Basketball Reference], and Geraldine Vickers, the defender’s childhood was one spent on both sides of the Atlantic.
Carter met Vickers while playing in Europe. The former LSU recruit spent 10 years in France with Élan Béarnais.
In the video, which has behind-the-scenes footage from his United States debut, Carter-Vickers said [US Soccer]:
“I think I knew from quite young that he played professionally, I think he said he got to the final four [of the NCAA basketball tournament] with LSU one year. I was trying to see if I could find anything on YouTube of it.
“As a kid, I used to go to America like, once a year. In the summer time.”
Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers; from little acorns…
Intriguingly, Carter-Vickers spent much of his youth playing for Catholic United. Formed in 1959, the club contacted former Celtic chairman Bob Kelly, who gifted Catholic United with jerseys in 1968 [CUFC].
The precocious son of an NBA player then caught the attention of scouts from Tottenham Hotspur.
He explains [US Soccer]:
“When I was six, I joined a team called Catholic United, like a Sunday league team. At the age of maybe, 10, is when I joined the Academy at Tottenham.
“In England, we leave at school at 16. Tottenham kind of take charge of your education. Once you know that you’re going to get given a scholarship and you go full-time, is when you start to think that, if you work hard and continue to progress, maybe you could do it as a career.”
In what is a genuinely insightful video, Carter-Vickers eloquently describes his upbringing in Essex, growing up with a father in America, and his mother’s influence.
His work ethic as a youngster is epitomised by an unfortunate moment for his Grandmother. When hitting shots in his back garden, the now Celtic defender accidentally broke her wrist.
Fortunately, they laugh about it now.
On the USMNT, and the future
The video, from 2018, was uploaded not long after Carter-Vickers made his USMNT debut. A source of pride for himself and his family, the defender has gone on to represent the United States 8 times.
On playing for his national team, Carter-Vickers said [US Soccer]:
“By the time the next World Cup comes round, I want to be in a position where I can help the national team make that World Cup. And do well in it.”
If you want to know about our new Bhoy, it really is a good watch. Humble, determined and devoted to his family, he should be a positive influence at Celtic.
Not only that, he’s got Mick McCarthy’s approval. The former Bhoys defender even makes a cameo.
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