John Hartson believes centre-back target will join the club in the summer

John Hartson has claimed that Cameron Carter-Vickers’ path to Celtic has become a whole lot easier to walk down with Spurs reportedly open to a sale in the summer.

The Welshman, who played for Celtic for six years under Martin O’Neill and Gordon Strachan, has kept close links with the club ever since his move away 16 years ago.

Having watched the club reclaim the title back from theRangers this season, Hartson has been impressed with a lot of Celtic’s stars under Ange Postecoglou.

Cameron Carter-Vickers IMAGO / Shutterstock

An attacker himself, Kyogo Furuhashi, Giorgos Giakoumakis, Liel Abada and more will have caught the eye of the star dubbed ‘Big Bad John’ in his time at Paradise.

But despite his prowess leading the line, the hero has named Cameron Carter-Vickers as Celtic’s most important player – and believes that Tottenham wish to sell him this summer, making him an easier target for Ange Postecoglou to acquire.

“I know Spurs want to sell,” Hartson told the Glasgow Times.

“I know for a fact, because I speak to people at Spurs, and they want to sell Carter-Vickers.

“He’s been on loan several times, and they feel that he’s not going back to Spurs, so they want to do a deal with somebody for Carter-Vickers.

“You can talk about the forwards, Jota, (Liel) Abada and Kyogo (Furuhashi), whose numbers have been frightening. Joe Hart, who has been brilliant. But you’ve got to look at Carter-Vickers, he’s been the dominant one.

“Carl Starfelt has come onto a game, but he’s shown weaknesses and defensive frailties at times. It’s Carter-Vickers who has been that man-mountain alongside him and took a lot of pressure off him.

“To do that for your other centre-half as well? I think he’s been outstanding. He would be as important a signing as what Jota would be, I really do think that. I think Carter-Vickers they need in terms of a defender.”

He isn’t wrong – superb performances all year round, four goals to boot, and who could forget that goal at Ibrox to practically hand Celtic the title…

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