With Calmac missing, Celtic will gamble with Cameron Carter-Vickers

Do we risk CCV on the plastic? It’s high risk but then again so is sitting him out…

 Cameron Carter-Vickers during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hibernian at Celtic Park on December 06, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Tomorrow is something of a tough fixture, against a side of giants, hammer throwers playing industrial football, who are all but relegated and have nothing to lose. Throw in the fact that we have to play them on that horrendous concrete carpet and it’s a fixture we could have done without a week before our most important game of the season.

Brendan has some tough decisions to make regarding his starting XI. Particularly in the centre of defence. Does he start CCV? The best defender in the country by a distance, but someone who has had several injury issues this campaign. Cameron Carter-Vickers is just recently back after yet another injury so is he worth the risk with Ibrox looming?

Cameron Carter-Vickers of Celtic during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Ross County at Celtic Park  on January 27, 2024. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s a tricky one as he makes our defence and team more confident and solid as a unit. That was evident in his absence and when he went off against St Johnstone in our last league outing. Even last time out against Livingston in the Scottish Cup at Celtic Park earlier this month when we were missing CCV it was clear how poor and ineffective we were without him in the side. We looked very vulnerable at home against the side rooted at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership.

Tomorrow we play the same side on their own patch, is it worth the risk of leaving CCV out? Yes Ibrox is deemed more important, but it will be a lot more difficult if we don’t get a result on Sunday.

For me we have to pick our strongest XI and that would mean starting with CCV. It’s a risk yes, but it’s a risk we will have to take. Fortune favours the brave!

Just an Ordinary Bhoy

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