CAMERON CARTER-VICKERS is OUT of the Scottish Cup Final against Inverness Caley Thistle at Hampden on Saturday June 3.

Celtic can seal a historic treble against the Highlanders after the rock-solid central defender played a heroic role in the 1-0 semi-final win over Michael Beale’s Ibrox side this afternoon.

Filipe Jota got the winning goal just before the interval, but it was Carter-Vickers who produced a memorably defiant Man of the Match performance.

DELIGHT AND DESPAIR…Filipe Jota runs away after his winner with keeper Allan McGregor and centre-back Ben Davies left helpless.

It was a mighty display by the USA World Cup centre-back as he made some crucial interventions at key moments in a hard-fought confrontation to make sure there was no way back for the Hoops’ opponents.

But that was literally the last kick of the ball for the £6million recruit from Spurs in the summer as boss Ange Postecoglou revealed the campaign was at an end for the dependable back-four operator who has been playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks.

The Hoops gaffer, speaking to Viaplay, said: “That is Cameron Carter-Vickers’ last game.

“He has been carrying an injury for I don’t know how long. We will put him out to pasture for now and let him get what he needs to get done.”

The international defender now faces knee surgery and rest in the summer to get him up to speed for the challenges of the new season, at home and in Europe.

Carter-Vickers’ enforced absence will open the door for January recruit Yuki Kobayashi with Carl Starfelt likely to move across into the right-hand side of the rearguard.


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