Celtic have been urged to make Cameron Carter-Vickers’ loan deal a permanent switch in the January transfer window.
What’s the talk?
In a recent interview with Football Insider, Frank McAvennie stated his belief that Ange Postecoglou must make the Tottenham Hotspur loanee’s move a permanent deal this winter, following the news that the Bhoys can land the centre-back for just £3m.
Indeed, previous reports had suggested that it would take around £10m in order for Celtic to sign the USA international, however, after Spurs insider John Wenham revealed that the price for the 23-year-old is actually just £3m, the initial reports would appear to be wide of the mark.
Speaking about the defender, McAvennie said: “[Carl] Starfelt wasn’t quite at it against Hibs. For me, he was a bit sloppy. He was letting his man get past him far too easily. You could see that for the goal Hibs scored.
“Carter-Vickers on the other hand was brilliant. I’m starting to really like him. He’s been really solid in recent weeks. For me, he’s been the one who has played a big role in improving that defence.
“Joe Hart also has to take massive credit for that but Carter-Vickers has been playing every game for a reason. If it’s only going to cost £3m I would get that done in January, pay the money. Then he’s ours and we don’t need to worry about it.”
Considering just how impressive Carter-Vickers has been since his arrival at Parkhead this summer, it would indeed appear wise for Postecoglou to do all he can to make the centre-back’s temporary switch a permanent move next month, as McAvennie suggests.
Indeed, over his 14 Premiership appearances so far this season, the £1.8m-rated defender has helped his side keep seven clean sheets, scored two goals and registered one assist, as well as making an average of 1.4 interceptions, 0.6 tackles, 82.9 passes and winning 72% of his duels per game.
As such, considering the fact that Christopher Jullien appears to still be some way off making a return to first-team football as a result of his ongoing knee injury, sealing a deal for Carter-Vickers this winter would indeed appear to be a very wise move for Postecoglou, as it would not be surprising if, following his remarkable campaign with Celtic thus far, a number of bigger sides begin plotting a swoop for the 23-year-old next summer.