Celtic CEO Michael Nicholson leading next stage of negotiations on landing popular duo

By John McGinley

February 6, 2022

Ange Postecoglou has shared that negotiations will be ongoing in attempts to sign Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota up on a permanent basis at Celtic.

Both players arrived on season-long loans with a purchase option and have settled into Celtic wonderfully.

Carter-Vickers is owned by Tottenham Hotspur while Jota has grown up at Benfica in Portugal.

It’s a tricky prospect to deliver both in multi-million-pound signings but the Celtic boss insists talks are underway.

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Michael Nicholson holding Celtic signing talks

Postecoglou told The Scotsman: “If I say we’re closer, it’s as if something’s happened. Those discussions will be taking place over the course of the next period. Michael [Nicholson, chief executive] is at the forefront of that with the players themselves. It will take care of itself.

“Experiences like Wednesday will help but we all live in a romanticised version of life. But it usually comes down to what drives the individual. These things are great but then finances come into it, other factors can influence the decision.

“I’m not going to try and convince anyone to stay. If you don’t understand how special it is to be a part of this place, nothing I’m going to say will change that.

“I know Cam and Jota love representing this football club and what it’s all about. They’re contributing right now and that’s all I need to see.”

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Postecoglou sounds relaxed about the situation. However, it’s also clear he is not putting expectations on things working out perfectly.

To be honest, anything could happen with this pair. Both will have strong options ahead of the summer months. Celtic may not be their long-term priority. That’s fine, it’s football. They’re delivering this season, as was their remit.

As Ange says, what’s most important is having players who want to commit to the Bhoys in the long term. So hopefully Celtic get a sense of the plans of both players in advance of the summer, allowing the club to plan adequately in the event they move on.

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