Ange Postecoglou makes Celtic transfer intentions for "important" defender clear

By John McGinley

December 27, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has admitted he has long-term transfer plans for loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers and will look to negotiate a stay over the next couple of months.

Carter-Vickers arrived on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the summer transfer window and has quickly become an integral part of Postecoglou’s starting eleven.

Now the Bhoys boss is eager to keep him in the Scottish Premiership, even though he acknowledges it will require the goodwill of two or three separate parties.

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Celtic have long-term plans for Carter-Vickers

Speaking to The Herald over the weekend, Postecoglou said: “He has become an important part of our team. Even though he is a young guy you just have to look at his playing experience. He has had three solid years playing in the Championship playing at good, strong clubs.

“The beauty of that is he is only going to get better. And he wants that. He works hard every day, looks after himself and wants to be the best footballer he can be. I knew what I was getting, but it has turned out to be a real good move.

“I wouldn’t have brought him in if I thought it was just a short-term thing. All the players we have brought in we have done so with some thought around building a team. Building a team means more than just 12 months. But as I said a lot of that depends on the player himself.

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“Those discussions will happen over the next couple of months. I don’t speak to players about that. People will be well aware that our game schedule has meant that the focus has been on performances, playing well and getting the job done. There is a time and a place for that stuff.”

All going well the USA international will indeed want a stay in Glasgow. Apparently Celtic will be more than eager to sign him up.

Having already made 22 appearances for the club in just a few months, he could well go on to be a consistent force in Postecoglou’s line-up next season and beyond.

As Postecoglou admits, the player can still improve and get better. He’s not the finished article. But it appears he’s in an excellent environment for his development.

In other news, Report: Celtic midfielder David Turnbull set to miss 2 months of football due to injury.