CAMERON CARTER-VICKERS’ season came to an abrupt halt the moment referee Don Robertson blew for full-time at Hampden on Sunday.

Typically, the USA World Cup centre-back signed off with a Man-of-the-Match performance in the 1-0 win over Michael Beale’s Ibrox side to seal a Scottish Cup Final meeting with Inverness Caley Thistle on Saturday June 3.

However, Carter-Vickers will be in the stand that afternoon as Ange Postecoglou’s men bid to cement a memorable crusade by completing the eighth treble in the club’s history. Knee surgery is now lined up for the rugged defender who has played through the pain barrier in recent weeks.

HEADS I WIN…Cameron Carter-Vickers nods in for Celtic’s third goal in the 3-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final triumph at Tynecastle in March.

The £6million summer purchase from Spurs following his impressive season-long loan will have complete rest before the Parkhead men prepare for the Champions League kick-off with the opening group stage games scheduled for September 19/20.

The back-four operator will miss the chance to help the Hoops clinch their second successive title when they take on Hearts on Sunday afternoon at Tynecastle, the scene of a rare goal from Carter-Vickers in the 3-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final triumph on March 11.

Greg Taylor, the centre-half’s left-sided back-four partner, hailed the Southend-born player’s impact on the champions and, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Cam is unbelievable, isn’t he? Since the moment he signed on loan and then permanently.

“Every game he is so consistent and he is an absolute warrior. He has played through the pain.

“He’s had a few knocks, a few bumps and bruises, to say the least, and he’ll get sorted and be ready to go again.”

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