Celtic’s long-lasting and never-ending pursuit of Cameron Carter-Vickers has been a hot topic ever since the on-loan Tottenham defender made his temporary move to Celtic Park back on transfer deadline in August. The English-born USA international has excelled in his time at Paradise, leading to calls from the Hoops faithful to sign him permanently. Yet according to ex-Scotland and theRangers defender Alan Hutton, that could prove difficult to do if Spurs ramp up the price for his services.
Carter-Vickers has made 45 appearances for Ange’s boys, scoring four goals – all in the league – as Celtic rose from sixth to first under his excellence.
Alongside Jota, the Bhoys have two stars who are being urged to make the switch to east Glasgow for good after a spate of impressive performances under the adored Australian – although deals will cost in the region of a combined £14million if that was to become reality.
Celtic do have a lot of dry powder following the sales of Odsonne Edouard and Kieran Tierney in recent years, alongside the Champions League money that is likely to be awarded upon Celtic winning the league.
But Hutton believes that a deal could be hard to pull off, with other clubs potentially swooping around the man-mountain.
“Yeah, I think so,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“I watched him at the start of the season and he wasn’t exactly ripping up trees. I don’t think that was his fault, I think it was due to a lack of game time at the start of the season.
“He’s come up here and really shown his worth. He’s a man-mountain, very difficult to get past but also good on the ball.
“I think this is a more difficult one, especially when you consider the value it could. We could be talking be £7-10million here. Can Celtic afford to pay that?
“If the bigger teams in the Premier League are swooping, it’s going to be very difficult to hang on to him. Fair play to him. He’s come up here, he’s worked hard, and he’s made it happen for himself.”
Whether Celtic can convince Carter-Vickers to snub moves to other clubs is one question. One thing that is a certainty, however, is that no club will adore him like we have.