US football journalist reports Celtic are interested in Cameron Carter-Vickers

By Euan Davidson

June 23, 2021

Reports from the United States suggest that Celtic are keen on Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Carter-Vickers, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth AFC, has 8 USMNT caps to his name. At 23, he boasts comparative experience, having played 113 times in the Championship with the Cherries, Sheffield United, Stoke, Ipswich Town and Luton Town. After a series of loan away from White Hart Lane though, Carter-Vickers seems to want a permanent footballing home.

Newcastle United were reportedly “leading the race” to sign the Tottenham defender [Daily Echo]. However, a tweet from US journalist Larry Henry Jr from late last night (BST) suggests that isn’t necessarily the case.

Henry Jr, of USA Today-affiliated outlet SBI Soccer, claims Celtic are interested in acquiring Carter-Vickers’ services. With reinforcements urgently required ahead of Champions League qualifying, it’s a very interesting link.

Erik Sviatchenko has been linked with a return to Celtic, with the club seemingly resigned to losing Kristoffer Ajer. The loan acquisition of Shane Duffy didn’t work out, while Leo Hjelde and Stephen Welsh wait in the wings. Ange Postecoglou, then, doesn’t exactly have much to choose from.

Link to Cameron Carter-Vickers by no means a slam-dunk, but it’s an interesting link for Celtic

Facts being as they are, a decent-quality Championship defender would probably do a job for Celtic, currently. After all, if we’re looking at strikers from League One, we can’t really turn our nose up at Carter-Vickers.

 Is it the most solid link in the world? No, and it’ll require some follow-up reporting before Celtic supporters can actually get excited about it, in truth. But Carter-Vickers is a solid player. Primarily a central defender, though he can play as a right back, Carter-Vickers is your typical modern centre-back; excellent in the pass, good at holding on to the ball, and comfortable playing in possession-dominant sides.

Carter-Vickers leaps for the ball in pre-season for Spurs / (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/International Champions Cup/Getty Images)

His numbers may not jump out, with 1 tackle and 1.1 interceptions in 20-21 [WhoScored?], but it’s worth bearing in mind that Bournemouth tend to dominate possession in the Championship, averaging 11.5 tackles per 90 across the whole team last season [WhoScored?].

While he didn’t make the grade at Tottenham Hotspur as planned, he did come through their impressive Youth Academy regardless. And with a wealth of Championship-level experience at 23, this is the kind of signing Celtic really ought to be making.

We’re sure there’ll be more on this as the days pass.

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