Celtic centre-back Cameron Carter Vickers has dropped an update on his future at Parkhead.
In recent comments cited by Football Scotland, the 23-year-old stated his belief that, while he is thoroughly enjoying life at Celtic after joining the club on a season-long loan deal this summer, it is a little too early to be discussing a permanent switch from Tottenham Hotspur to the Premiership side – although the Bhoys are reported to have an option to buy the defender for a fee of around £6m.
Speaking about his future, the USA international said: “I am enjoying my time up there and it is all going well. But I think it is a bit too early. It’s not fully down to me as well. So it is obviously discussions that will have to be had at the end of the season.”
Considering just how important a part of the Celtic side Carter-Vickers has become since his temporary switch to Parkhead this summer, the prospect of signing the centre-back on a permanent basis is sure to be one that excites the Bhoys fanbase.
Indeed, over his 13 Premiership appearances this season, the £1.8m-rated man has helped his side keep six clean sheets, scored two goals and provided his teammates with one assist, as well as making an average of 1.5 interceptions, 0.7 tackles, five clearances, 81.4 passes and winning 73% of his duels per game.
These returns have seen the £20k-per-week defender who Jan Vertonghen dubbed an “absolute beast” average a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.45, ranking him as the fourth-best performer in the entirety of the Scottish top flight.
And, while there is still a very long way to go in the current campaign, Carter-Vickers’ returns so far in a Celtic shirt very much appear to be on course to match those of Virgil van Dijk’s during his own first season at the club, when the Netherlands international helped his side keep 20 clean sheets, scored five goals and registered one assist over his 36 Premiership appearances.
As such, should Celtic indeed go on to make the Tottenham defender’s temporary switch a permanent move at some point this season, it would certainly appear as if Ange Postecoglou has finally found an apt replacement for the club’s former star centre-back – something which would undoubtedly bode incredibly well for the future of the Hoops.