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Celtic: Cameron Carter-Vickers deserves to start at the World Cup

Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers is one of the Parkhead outfit’s representatives at the World Cup in Qatar, with the 24-year-old having been rewarded for his fine form at club level with a place in Gregg Berhalter’s USA squad.

The former Tottenham Hotspur man – who was snapped up by the Hoops over the summer after a stunning loan stint last term – has gone into the tournament off the back of what has been a fine campaign on an individual and collective note, having been the “rock” at the heart of the Old Firm outfit’s defence, in the words of journalist Mark Hendry.

The Southend-born ace has been a vital part of a side that has romped to 14 wins from their opening 15 Scottish Premiership games, with the Glasgow side’s only defeat on the domestic front this season having come away to St Mirren – a game the 6 foot 1 brute was absent for.

Such has been the “immense” gem’s impact in Scotland thus far – as described by pundit Chris Sutton – he has even been handed the captain’s armband by manager Ange Postecoglou in recent weeks in the absence of usual skipper, Callum McGregor, with teammate David Turnbull suggesting he has gone “to another level” despite that newfound responsibility.

Turnbull gave his backing to his club colleague being able to “make a good impact” on the global stage over the next few weeks, although Carter-Vickers has been forced to wait for his chance, having been kept on the bench for the United States’ opening game draw with Wales.

That decision may well have backfired as far as the aforementioned Berhalter is concerned, with centre-back Walker Zimmerman notably giving away a clumsy penalty late on to gift Rob Page’s side the chance to equalise through the ever-reliable, Gareth Bale.

That error should well allow the Celtic sensation the chance to stake his claim for a starting berth next time out, with Thornton McEnery notably stating that the 11-cap menace is “better than” his positional rival Zimmerman, who currently plies his trade outside of Europe for MLS side, Nashville SC.

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A return to the starting XI for Carter-Vickers alongside Fulham’s Tim Ream could well be an ideal solution in the upcoming encounter with England on Friday, with the former Spurs man set to know all about facing his former Lilywhites teammate, Harry Kane.

While there may be one or two at Celtic Park hoping the in-form defender is not handed the chance to inadvertently put himself in the shop window at the tournament, a starting berth for his country has no doubt been warranted for the one-time Bournemouth loanee.

Helping his nation to topple the Three Lions could well be a popular prospect for those of Bhoys persuasion…