Report: EPL club's staggering decision on Celtic man who's played every available minute

By Euan Davidson

December 1, 2021

Tottenham Hotspur will ask Celtic for as much as £10m if the Bhoys want to keep Cameron Carter-Vickers.

The Daily Record report that with add-ons, the initial loan-to-buy clause of around £6m would go up another £4m.

The report states that there’s been no movement from Celtic on a permanent deal for Carter-Vickers.

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Carter-Vickers, who has been an excellent addition to Ange Postecoglou’s defence, was brought in late this summer. Alongside Carl Starfelt, he’s shone domestically and in Europe. According to Instat, he’s the second-best performer across the whole Scottish Premiership.

Dominant in the air and comfortable in possession, he’s answered a lot of questions for the Celtic defence. He’s making 1.2 interceptions per 90, and 5 clearances, according to WhoScored?. Aerially, he wins 4.1 duels a game in the Premiership, and 3.2 in the Europa League. These are numbers any defender would be happy with.

The report will be a blow to Celtic, and Ange Postecoglou. In the unlikely event of Celtic sealing a deal for Carter-Vickers, he’d be the most expensive signing in the club’s history.

With areas around the squad to improve, and a potential £6.5m outlay on Jota, it feels unlikely that the Celtic board would sanction a double-deal for both of the club’s loanees.

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Disappointment for Celtic over Tottenham Hotspur evaluation of Cameron Carter-Vickers

Of course Tottenham Hotspur are within their rights to ask whatever they want for their loanee.

But £10m seems a bit steep. It indicates their willingness to make a profit on Carter-Vickers, despite repeatedly loaning him out. And it’s unlikely that these add-ons came around from actual discussions with Celtic.

For what it’s worth, Carter-Vickers has said he’s open to a permanent move. It’s no wonder – he’s played every available minute for Ange Postecoglou, and the trust is clearly there.

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Enthusiastic about our football, improving his stock and winning matches, it’s no surprise he’d be keen on a permanent move.

However, that now seems beyond the realms of possibility, and Celtic’s finances. Of course, never rule anything out, but it’d be a shock if the Hoops were suddenly coughing up £10m for one player.

This situation will no doubt develop; Ange will be asked what he thinks, as will Carter-Vickers himself.

For now though, it’s a big blow.

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