USA boss "definitely monitoring" Celtic star Cameron Carter-Vickers amid Parkhead renaissance

By David Walton

January 13, 2022

USA national team boss Greg Berhalter has confirmed that he is closely monitoring the performances of Celtic centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers.

The USMNT are at a crucial point in their World Cup qualification campaign. A triple-header awaits them over the next month with games against El Salvador, Canada, and Honduras respectively. So far, Berhalter has largely stuck with the likes of Walker Zimmerman and Christopher Richards, and Mark McKenzie to name but a few.

Carter-Vickers, who has 8 USA caps to his name, has been left out of the international set-up since 2019. This has been due to the fact that he has barely been seeing any regular minutes with Tottenham Hotspur.

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However, Berhalter has confirmed that the USA camp have been impressed with what the Celtic centre-back has been producing this season.

As quoted by the Daily Record, the US boss said: “We are definitely monitoring Cameron.

“We have a lot of competition at the centre back position. But we think he is performing well and he is definitely on our radar.”

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International recognition could help sway Carter-Vickers to Celtic Park permanently

These kinds of comments aren’t just easy on the eye for supporters, but it will be a big boost for Carter-Vickers himself. Sure, he’ll know exactly why he’s been left out of the USA squad in recent squads. However, having his international boss come out and big him up in the media is morale-boosting for him.

It’s also the kind of thing that could help Carter-Vickers want a move to Parkhead on a permanent basis if he doesn’t already. After all, what use would it be going back to Tottenham if he isn’t going to be playing regular football again?

Even if the player is wanting to weigh up his options at the end of the season, he’ll do well to find a better package on offer to him than that of what he could get at Celtic Park. With the prospect of future international recalls on the horizon too, he needs to think about his next step very carefully.

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Of course, we would hope Berhalter doesn’t call Carter-Vickers up too soon. If, for example, he was given a shot in the upcoming squad at the end of January, he would miss crucial games against Hearts, Dundee United, and Rangers respectively.

That would be met with a resounding no thank you from the Celtic fans and would have Ange Postecoglou cursing his luck. In fairness, however, it doesn’t sound as though Berhalter is ready to bring CCV back into the fold just yet.

That gives the player enough time to continue his consistency into the second half of the campaign and hopefully be hungry for more come the summer. Everything about this loan switch has absolutely paid off for the Spurs-owned star.

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