6 duels won, 115 touches: Celtic 23-year-old was stunning against Dundee United
Celtic were disappointing yesterday during a 1-1 draw with Dundee United. Amid the carnage of more dropped points, however, Cameron Carter-Vickers showcased what a smart signing he is for the Hoops.
The 23-year-old defender checked in from Tottenham during the summer. He signed on loan for the 2021/22 campaign having fallen out of favour in North London.
Since arriving in Scotland, he’s gone about his business just nicely. He has played in five games for the club, helping himself to a goal during a 3-0 win over Ross County.
Carter-Vickers has been with Tottenham for some time. He has played just five games, however, and has spent time on loan with several clubs, including Sheffield United and Stoke City.
Ange Postecoglou has the unenviable task of trying to wrestle the Scottish Premiership title away from Rangers.
Steven Gerrard’s men denied the Hoops ten in a row last season. That cost Neil Lennon his job and it’s almost like a clean slate now for Postecoglou.
Celtic are in a bit of a rut though. They are currently sixth in the league table and can’t afford to keep dropping points; particularly on home soil.
Carter-Vickers stunning despite Celtic stalemate
Yesterday, the on-loan Tottenham man highlighted his credentials to become one of the best defenders in the SPL.
He stood firm at the back and some statistics from Who Scored showcased his quality on the day.
Carter-Vickers won six headers, one more than central defensive partner Carl Starfelt and also had 115 touches of the ball – the most of any Celtic performer.
Defensively he was sound too. The £20,000-a-week player made three interceptions and three clearances during the afternoon, completing 82% of 103 passes attempted.
Carter-Vickers might only be on loan at Celtic. He was truly tremendous yesterday, however, and he won’t have slipped under Postecoglou’s radar.
His Celtic career might be in its infancy but the Hoops would be wise to start holding a discussion with Tottenham regarding his long-term future at Parkhead.
On yesterday’s form, Celtic simply have to keep hold of him.