FEARS that Cameron Carter-Vickers might miss the start of next season were dispelled by Ange Postecoglou today.

The Celtic manager insisted the USA World Cup central defender WILL be back in his usual place after undergoing the knee surgery that brought his participation in this campaign to a sudden halt.

Carter-Vickers was immense last weekend in the 1-0 Scottish Cup semi-final win over Michael Beale’s team, but the nearest he will get to the Hampden pitch on the showpiece showdown with Championship side Inverness Caley Thistle on Saturday June 3 will be a place in the stand.

HEADMASTER…Cameron Carter-Vickers clears from Fashion Sakala in Celtic’s Scottish Cup semi-final triumph at the weekend.

The £6million summer recruit from Spurs will now spend the remainder of the five-game league run-in on the sidelines with the team going to Tynecastle to face Hearts on Sunday in the knowledge that a win will seal their second successive title.

Some reports stated that the rugged back-four operator might still be out of the reckoning for the kick-off to 2023/23 term, but Postecoglou said: “He’s had the surgery, he’s on his way back and it went really well. He’ll be alright for the start of the season, I’m sure.

“It’s a great boost. He was really keen to play up until last weekend. He knew how important that was in the context of our season and he’s a very important part of our set-up and our team.”

SHOVE OFF…Cameron Carter-Vickers is in control as Alfredo Morelos challenges.

The Hoops gaffer, speaking to Sky Sports, added: “He’s been carrying that injury for quite a while and at the same time he’s never used it as an excuse for a performance.

“He’s just got on with things and been outstanding.

“It’s good for him because now he knows he can get himself ready for pre-season and ready to go for next year knowing he’s contributed significantly to what’s happened this year.”

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