Former Scotland defender Alan Hutton has reacted to a claim made by Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou regarding loan stars Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota.
The lowdown: What’s been said…
The Hoops boss recently suggested that neither the 24-year-old defender on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, nor the 23-year-old attacker spending the season in Glasgow from Benfica, were concerned over their futures.
Both players are set to head back to their parent clubs at the end of the current campaign unless Celtic trigger the options to make their deals permanent.
Despite Postecoglou playing down the urgent need to address the situation, Hutton has suggested that the club need to act swiftly…
The latest: Resolution required
Speaking to Football Insider, the 37-year-old claimed that both Jota and Carter-Vickers would be considering what happens next in private.
Hutton stated: “You have to say the right things when you’re talking to the press and that sort of thing.
“Carter-Vickers and Jota will be saying the same things: ‘I love being here. I’ve loved my time here. I’m just concentrating on the next game.’
“That’s all footballers are programmed to say, the same stuff in interviews. That’s how it goes, but they’ll want their futures tied up as soon as possible. Whether it be Celtic or whether it be somebody else, somewhere else.
“They’ve had amazing seasons. Carter-Vickers has come up and made such a big difference, as has Jota. There’ll be other suitors watching from afar, I would have thought.
“But they’ll want a future sorted as soon as possible. Whether that be towards the end of the season, we’ll find out. Any player wants that security of having a contract.”
The verdict: Get it done
Whilst all parties would appear to be relaxed about the situation, there is nothing quite like having that assurance of a done deal.
That’s especially the case in this instance, as interest in Carter-Vickers from the Premier League has recently surfaced.
At a reported £6m fee for both Jota and the eight-cap USA international, Celtic should be desperate to secure the duo as permanent Hoops players beyond this season, particularly in light of a financial windfall following potential automatic qualification for the Champions League group stage.
Therefore, Hutton is right to call for urgency on Celtic’s part to get this particular matter resolved.
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