CAMERON CARTER-VICKERS, the player Ange Postecoglou describes as “probably the best in the league”, has been snubbed by new USA boss Anthony Hudson.

The rock-solid centre-back played in the World Cup Finals in Qatar in November as part of ex-head coach Gregg Berhalter’s squad.

However, Carter-Vickers, who has been in phenomenal form for the champions this season, has been overlooked for his adopted nation’s forthcoming Concacaf Nations League matches against Grenada and El Salvador, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

UP IN ARMS…Cameron Carter-Vickers shouts instructions to team-mates during Celtic’s 3-0 win at Tynecastle.

The 25-year-old Southend-born back-four operator, who signed a permanent £6million deal at Parkhead in the summer after his initial impressive season-long loan spell from Spurs, will have every right to be a little bewildered by the rookie coach’s decision.

Hudson recalled 13 from the Qatar squad, but left out Carter-Vickers, who played in the crucial 1-0 win over Iran in the soccer showpiece.

Following the double snub delivered to Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate by Japan earlier in the week, it is yet another mystifying decision by an international gaffer.

One manager who will most certainly not agree with Hudson is Hoops chief Postecoglou who was glowing in his praise of the centre-back following the 3-0 victory over Hearts in the Scottish Cup quarter-final at Tynecastle at the weekend, as CQN reported.

UP IN THE AIR…Cameron Carter-Vickers climbs high to clear from Antonio Colak in the 2-1 Viaplay League Cup triumph at Hampden last month.

Speaking about Carter-Vickers, the Greek-Australian insisted: “I’d say he’s probably the best defender in the league and if anyone disputes that, I’m happy to put up an argument.

“I don’t think he goes under the radar at all. He’s been an outstanding player for us over the last 18 or so months. He’s a guy who’s constantly working hard at his game and improving.”

Carter-Vickers will be in his usual place in the middle of the rearguard when Celtic take on Hibs at Parkhead on Saturday afternoon.

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