Intriguing talk of Starfelt returning, Celtic must keep Carter-Vickers

We are resigned to losing Matt, but we must keep CCV at all costs…

We don’t like to lose any of our players, especially our most valuable ones. Matt O’Riley is one of those players, and despite his importance to Celtic most of us are resigned to losing him over the summer.

Matt will likely leave for a record transfer fee, maybe as high as £30m, and while it will cushion the blow it leaves a big void to fill in the middle of the park. It makes it all the more imperative that we reinvest a decent chunk of that fee on a replacement for the Danish international.

While we’re resigned to losing Matt, we don’t want to lose any more of our valuable assets. One player in particular we don’t want to lose is Celtic’s Big Strong Man, Cameron Carter Vickers.

Reports this morning suggest the USA international is a target for Ipswich, West Ham and Fulham.

Cameron Carter-Vickers during the UEFA Champions League match between Celtic and SS Lazio at Celtic Park on October 04, 2023. Photo Greig Cowie Sportsphoto/APL

Let’s hope it’s just speculation, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to know that sides are watching him as he’s a superb defender and a real leader on the park.

And with all due respect to the sides mentioned, CCV should be aiming higher if he does ever move on to bigger things.

If Matt is valued at £30 odd million, CCV will be valued not for short of that, but the English clubs will of course try to lowball our club on the basis of the standard of the Scottish Premiership. If it’s so bad why do they want our players? CCV is not only an excellent player, but he’s a true leader in this Celtic team and his mere presence is vital to our success.

We witnessed how much we struggled in his absence last season. To lose him is not worth thinking about. Let’s hope any and all offers are kicked firmly into touch.

Carl Starfelt embraces teammate Cameron Carter-Vickers after the team’s victory in the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between theRangers and Celtic at Hampden on April 30, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Incidentally over on Kerrydale Street yesterday an ITK poster with a fairly decent track record, mentioned that Brendan had spoken to Carl Starfelt about a return to Paradise. Starfelt’s agent is also Gustaf Lagerbielke’s and it seems certain that he will be talking to Celtic about a move for the player he recommended as the Starfelt replacement. Things have been difficult to say the least for Starfelt in La Liga and he may well fancy a reunion with Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Yesterday those who rated Starfelt highly were dreaming of that re-union, then they’re hit with the news that multiple clubs want to sign CCV. Don’t sell him, Celtic!

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  1. Scot Dickson on

    I completely disagree with you CCV might well be worth at least 35 million but MO’R is a 50 million player in any league.
    I do agree we should keep them both.

  2. We have top players theirs why we are champions so teams will be looking for bargains cause of our league and sponsorship and the money we get from tv but we are in champions league but they still think they will get bargain I hope Celtic and the player value themselves there better than some of the reported signings seen in Europe especially Epl it’s a false market but if player wants to go then make it worth the clubs value not the buying club we are the selling club so our market might not looked at cause if spl but of champions league

      • I wouldn’t bring Starfelt back to work with the tea lady!
        His numbers looked good ONLY because of CCV.
        The moment CCV was out and we were deprived of him as the mainstay, Starfelt was badly exposed. After we had completed the treble in Ange’s second year and CCV went for his surgery with a few games to go leaving Starfelt as the “mainstay and experienced” central defender, we immediately got a thumping from a very poor sevco, mediocre Hibs and dropped two more points in the next game! Something we hadn’t done since September!
        Starfelt was a bombscare who was made to look far better than he is because CCV carried him.

  3. I agree with you , and once again I blame Liewell for where we find ourselves.
    It’s easy to understand how we viewed from a Scottish league perspective, and the competition there … but if we had moved forward in Europe as we should have done , like a Benfica , Ajax , Copenhagen even , we should have players regularly competing in the later rounds of the Champions League… this is the market value we should be asking and being compared to . Liewell has cost us many tens of millions £ .