US journalist claims Celtic remain in the hunt for Tottenham Hotspur defender

By Euan Davidson

July 8, 2021

Celtic remain in the hunt for Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.

That’s according to SBI Soccer reporter Larry Henry Jr. Two weeks ago, he revealed Celtic were interested, alongside Fulham and Cardiff City.

Carter-Vickers, according to Henry Jr, is wanted by the Hoops, Newcastle United and his former loan side, Bournemouth. The 8-cap USMNT defender remains a potential prospect at 23, but he just hasn’t broken into the Spurs team. Having joined Tottenham’s U18s in 2014, he’s since had 6 loan spells away from North London.

Carter-Vickers made 26 appearances for Bournemouth last season, averaging just 0.6 fouls per 90 from 1 tackle a game, 1.1 interceptions and an impressive 3.6 clearances [WhoScored?].

The Tottenham Hotspur defender faces an uphill battle to gain first-team momentum. Ahead of him lie Celtic-linked Japhet Tanganga, Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Joe Rodon. New manager Nuno Espirito Santo is likely to look at bulking up his centre-back options, too.

In the right-back slot, where Carter-Vickers can deputise, it’s hardly any easier. Matt Doherty and Serge Aurier provide stern competition. In truth, the Spurs Academy product doesn’t seem anywhere near the first-team.

Newcastle United provide the most competition, here. The Magpies, who are also after Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer, are looking to bolster their defensive options.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter-Vickers could be a shrewd pick-up for Celtic

There are two schools of thought here. 1. We need defenders, and any with international and Premier League experience would be good business. 2. Cameron Carter-Vickers can actually play a bit.

It’d be hard to categorise a move for the USA defender as a coup, but it’d be something relatively close. A versatile, tall centre-back who came through under Mauricio Pochettino, he’s a symptom of the Premier League’s spending. Apart from the very obvious examples like Harry Kane and Harry Winks, it’s not as if Spurs are known for trusting their youth products.

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So, the idea that we should be put off by his lack of appearances in the Premier League is probably a red herring. Going by last season’s evidence, he’s capable of starring in efficient defences. Bournemouth had the sixth best defence in the Championship last season [Sky Sports]. Curiously, 17th placed Nottingham Forest were one spot ahead.

At the very least, Carter-Vickers would provide a reliable squad option. Celtic played their small contingent of defenders far too much last season. That tiredness was evident in the concentration, the decision-making, and inability to deal with set-pieces.

Should Celtic fight off Bournemouth and Newcastle United, it’s good business. The 23-year-old needs a permanent home. At Paradise, his undoubted potential could bear fruit.

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