Chris Sutton is unsure whether new signing Cameron Carter-Vickers will address Celtic’s glaring lack of ‘aerial power’.
Carter-Vickers was one of three deadline day additions from Hoops CEO Dominic McKay, with Giorgos Giakoumakis and Jota also sealing moves (via BBC Sport).
The centre-back has joined on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur, having spent 2020/21 at Championship Bournemouth.
Carter-Vickers bolsters Celtic’s options in the heart of defence amid the ongoing absence of Christopher Jullien.
The Frenchman was averaging 5.1 successful aerial duels per 90 in the Scottish Premiership prior to his season-ending injury at the turn of the year (via WhoScored).
Sutton says the American could prove to be ‘a good signing’ but expects Celtic’s perceived ‘vulnerability’ from balls into the box to persist while Jullien remains sidelined.
“I still have concerns about the physicality of this Celtic side and their lack of aerial power,” he wrote in his Daily Record column.
“Cameron Carter-Vickers isn’t necessarily going to solve that problem until Christopher Jullien comes back.
“Carter-Vickers may well be a good signing but set pieces are a huge part of the game and it’s an area of vulnerability for Celtic in recent seasons.”
Carter-Vickers should take well to the SPFL, having looked accomplished in the Championship last season. There may well have been English Premier League clubs who considered a move too.
But with Jullien still out for the ‘foreseeable future’ and no guarantees that he’ll be able to recapture his former levels when he does return, you can understand Sutton’s point of view.
Perhaps Celtic should have recruited a player more closely matched to the 28-year-old in his profile, with Carter-Vickers described as a ‘quick’ defender by Jonathan Woodgate rather than a physically dominant one.
In other news, Kieran Devlin has dropped this claim on Ali McCann.
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