Celtic loanee makes brilliant statement on future; has played every available minute for Bhoys

By Euan Davidson

November 25, 2021

Celtic loan star Cameron Carter-Vickers has said he’s “open” to a permanent stay in the East End of Glasgow.

Carter-Vickers, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, has had something of a nomadic career. Unable to break into the Spurs first-team, he’s spent time with clubs including Sheffield United, Stoke City, Swansea City, Luton Town and Bournemouth.

His latest loan spell, though, has brought perhaps the most security yet. Cameron Carter-Vickers has played every available minute of football since arriving at Celtic [Transfermarkt].

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Clearly trusted by Ange Postecoglou, Carter-Vickers has oozed calm in the early stages of his loan spell at Celtic. And, as such, he’s feeling welcomed, and is welcome, to a more permanent move.

The US international said [Scotsman]:

“It is something I am open to but I haven’t given it much thought at this stage, to be fair.

“I still have plenty of games left in this season and that is my focus. I feel like I have [adapted well]. That is partly down to the coaches and the players here making me feel so welcome from the beginning. The coach has put in a system which is easy to adapt to and play in. That has been helpful.”

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If there’s an opportunity for Celtic to sign Cameron Carter-Vickers permanently, it needs done

This summer, we needed centre-backs who could do a few things to an excellent standard.

Guys who could meet the ball in the air, especially at set-pieces. Defenders who can pass the ball quickly and accurately. Perhaps most crucially, centre-backs with excellent positioning and tactical awareness.

Cameron Carter-Vickers has shown all three for Celtic. Alongside surprise package Anthony Ralston, Carter-Vickers has been one the Premiership’s top players.

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His capabilities in the air, combined with Carl Starfelt’s own prowess, have largely eradicated the frailties we had from set pieces. Alongside Hart and either Welsh or Starfelt, the passing at the back is crisp, quick and effective. And as USA international, he brings some excellent experience to a young back-line.

In short, the clamour will be about signing Jota long-term; and there should be clamour for that. But signing both him and Carter-Vickers would provide security in key positions, as well as sending an emphatic message from the club.

We’ve had bad luck with loan deals from the Premier League of late. Think of poor Shane Duffy and Jonjoe Kenny.

Carter-Vickers is reversing that trend. And in immense style, too.

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