Return of the big strong man is brilliant news, but we still need cover at the back

Our rock at the back, the big strong man that is Cameron Carter Vickers was amongst the Celtic squad travelling for pre season training in Portugal. CCV, as we know, had to curtail his season just after the Scottish Cup semi-final victory over theRangers at the end of April, a win which all but guaranteed a historic eighth treble for the club.

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

Players like Kyogo, Jota and Reo Hatate got much of the praise for their superb performances , and rightly so as they were highly influential in our treble win, but CCV was just as important. His presence at the back was vital. Attacking players will naturally get all the plaudits, but a secure backline is what all successful sides are built on.

Big CCV held us together at the back, his mere presence was enough to breed confidence throughout the side and the supporters. Carl Starfelt is a superb defender and vastly underrated and dare I say it, unappreciated, but he’s much more efficient and comfortable with CCV beside him. They have a great rapport and that shows on the pitch. There’s a reason we had the best defensive record in the country last season and those two are greatly responsible.

Cameron Carter-Vickers of Celtic celebrates after Kyogo Furuhashi scores

It was blatantly obvious that the defence was much weaker in the absence of CCV towards the end of the season. Ten goals were shipped in total minus the presence of the big American. Carl Starfelt never let us down but his defence partners Yuki Kobayashi and Tomoki Iwata were less than convincing while Stephen Welsh couldn’t force himself into the side.

The fact that CCV is now back in training (albeit light training) and raring to go is a massive shot in the arm for us. If things go to plan he should be fit for the start of the season and with Carl Starfelt beside him, not to mention Alistair Johnston and Greg Taylor, we have a solid and settled backline to start the season. Something that will help Brendan greatly.

Cameron Carter-Vickers of Celtic applauds the crowd . (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It’s been a while since we went into a new campaign with a solid and settled defence. Barring any injuries, this one should be different. That said we still need a quality addition as back up to cover any possible injuries. The end of last season proved we can’t afford to gamble where that’s concerned.

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1 Comment

  1. Scales has shown at Aberdeen that he is a capable left sided defender who can also attack.
    I hope he gets a chance .