Ange Postecoglou has finally touched down in Glasgow and it would appear that Celtic are targeting all the right areas of improvement.
The Hoops shipped 16 more goals than the eventual league winners last term so evidently need to sign fresh faces to bolster their backline.
Fortunately for Bhoys supporters, the club is ramping up their business in terms of defensive recruitments.
According to the managing editor of SBI Soccer, Larry Henry Jr, Celtic are interested in signing Cameron Carter-Vickers.
The American centre-back spent last term on loan at Bournemouth but has now returned to Tottenham ahead of a potential permanent move away.
Fulham and Cardiff have also been attracted by the 23-year-old but their interest has quietened down.
Celtic’s aerial colossus Kristoffer Ajer is edging ever closer to a move to Norwich City but fans should rest easy if they bring Carter-Vickers in as his replacement.
Although the centre-back stands 6 inches shorter than Ajer at just 6-foot, he is imperious in the air and he also knows how to play out from the back.
When analysing the Norwegian’s game, those are two of the more outstanding qualities in his armoury.
Last term, the Celtic defender was the beating heart of their backline and without him, their defence would have been significantly worse.
If we compare that to Carter-Vickers, you’ll notice instant comparisons. The United States international prevailed in 2.8 aerial battles per game last term, a number that was slightly down from the 3.8 he won with Luton Town in 2019/20.
On top of that, he knows how to play in a team that play with the ball on the floor. The defender completed 84% of his passes for Bournemouth last season, a team renowned for playing more vibrant football.
Following his time in Wales, Luton boss Graeme Jones hailed not only his ability on the field of play but his mentality off it after he sealed a loan spell with the Bedfordshire club.
“Graham Potter is one of my best friends and I spoke to him about Cameron, having had him on loan at Swansea last season. He said the character he’s got is incredible, so I’m looking forward to working with him,” Jones commented.
Carter-Vickers has always had potential but it’s yet to be completely extracted following numerous temporary stints away from Tottenham.
A move to Celtic could be profitable, however. The £20k-per-week earner suits their style of play and would fit seamlessly into their defensive line with Ajer potentially departing.