Most of us considered Cameron Carter-Vickers unfortunate not to be more involved in last year’s World Cup in Qatar. The US international featured in only one match. This international break, Cameron came off the bench in both US games; against Germany and Ghana – reward for his form since December, as Celtic collected a treble.
That’s now four appearances since injuring his hamstring in August, although he has yet to put in a full 90 minutes. That achievement will hopefully come on Sunday.
Callum McGregor does not often watch games from the substitutes bench, as he did in Lille last night. Some fleeting relief for one of the world’s busiest players. We have talked about this before, but at 30, Callum has to plan the remainder of his career. His body will eventually push back against continual exertion, just as it did with Scott Brown.
Brendan Rodgers has many challenges: pressure to win every game domestically, then having to make the huge step up for Europe, with few genuine advantages. One, though, is the luxury of winning many games early, another is having central mid options. He should make the most of them.