FOLLOWING the departure of Ange Postecoglou to Tottenham, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the future of Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Many reports suggested that USA international would follow suit and make a return to the club he left on a season-long loan in August 2021, a move which became permanent a year later in a £6million switch.
Despite some interruptions with injuries, played a vital role in last season’s success.
Celtic fans will now be pleased to know that Tottenham Hotspur have not made any advances towards the Southend-born centre-back who first joined the North London outfit at the age of ten after being spotted playing for his local youth team.
National press had suggested that Carter-Vickers was one of several players that were being looked at by Postecoglou as part of this summer’s recruitment drive, news which was then subsequently re-reported by numerous other outlets.
American journalist Larry Henry Jr quotes sources close to the player that there has been no offers forthcoming from Spurs. Henry Jr has been close to the Carter-Vickers situation since his North London days and added on his social media channels that Carter-Vickers isn’t pushing for a move and is instead fully focused on recovering from his knee surgery before preparing for his third pre-season in Glasgow.
Speaking on Twitter, Henry Jr said: “Despite previous reports, there have been no offers made from Tottenham to Celtic for #USMNT defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, a source close to the player confirmed. Carter-Vickers is still rehabbing following knee surgery this spring. Was Best XI SPFL selection in 2022-23.
“Certainly will be plenty of interest in CCV after a treble-winning season in Scotland, but he is preparing to be part of Celtic’s season this year.”
The news will be welcomed by Celtic fans who might have been concerned about a Carter-Vickers exit this summer. At one point, the USMNT international was as low as 2/1 at some betting sites accepting Ethereum or other crypto.
Clearly, there is a long summer ahead and things could still change as we progress deeper into the close season transfer window but as things stand, the defender seems content in life in the green and white hoops.
Hanging on to the World Cup star will be seen as a key priority for returning head coach Brendan Rodgers over the coming months as the club prepares to not only maintain its domestic dominance but also look to be as competitive as possible in the UEFA Champions League group stages.
Carter-Vickers has been a defensive stalwart for Celtic and the defence is far more secure, not to mention settled, having him in it. In his two seasons with the club, he has already chalked up 84 appearances and everyone is hoping that he will be able push on to make many more under Brendan Rodgers who himself will be hoping that the 25-year-old can play out from the back if the Bhoys are to justify their odds of 4/6 to retain the Premiership title.