Sensible Carter-Vickers Call, Kobayashi’s Big Chance to Impress

The Cameron Carter-Vickers news this morning that might have his season ended early so that he can get an knee operation as soon as possible in order to be fully fit for next season seems perfectly sensible but it will of course cost the American defender the chance to play in the Scottish Cup final – if he can play his part in getting Celtic through to face either Inverness Caley Thistle or Falkirk in the Hampden showpiece season finale that could see Celtic complete an incredible Treble in Ange Postecoglou’s second season in charge.

Cameron Carter-Vickers of Celtic celebrates after Kyogo Furuhashi scores their team’s second goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at on January 02, 2023.Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The plan appears to be that Carter-Vickers will continue to play until after the Scottish Cup semi-final a week on Sunday against theRangers. The player sat out the trip to Rugby Park at the weekend, with Ange deciding not to risk him on that surface and you would imagine that for the Scottish Premiership match against Motherwell at Celtic Park on Saturday, the Celtic manager will go again with his central defensive pairing of Carl Starfelt and Yuki Kobayashi.

That could also be the Celtic pairing for a Scottish Cup Final appearance IF Celti get there and one man who will have extra-special motivation with be Cameron Carter-Vickers who will know that this will be last match for around four months.

Yuki Kobayashi of Celtic is seen during the Scottish Cup Fourth Round match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park Stadium on January 21, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There’s no doubting the immense contribution that CCV makes to the Celtic team with every appearance but it’s a squad game and the manager has high quality cover in Yuki Kobayashi with Stephen Welsh likely to be on the bench.

This does give Kobayashi a chance for an extended run in the team judging from what we’ve seen so far there should be few worries on his account.


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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email


  1. Kobayashi looks like a good signing, and Starfeldt is much more comfortable, especially in terms of his distribution and coming out with the ball, on the right; what we will miss, though s CCV’s leadership and organic g ability at the ack.