Football Insider pundit Paul Robinson has been reacting to Celtic’s reported interest in Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.
The Lowdown: Carter-Vickers links
A source close to the player informed USA journalist Larry Henry Jr regarding the Hoops’ interest in Carter-Vickers.
Reports back in May suggested that Tottenham value Carter-Vickers around the £10m mark.
Celtic may well be in the need of defensive reinforcements, with Kristoffer Ajer unhappy with the Hoops after they rejected two bids for his services.
The Latest: Robinson reacts
Robinson was talking to Football Insider regarding the links to the American defender.
The 41-year-old was asked if he would be a good addition for Ange Postecoglou, to which he said:
“I was impressed with him at Bournemouth last season. It was a good loan spell.
“He has got a good amount of experience behind him now. He could be a stabilising force at the back for Celtic next year.
“Obviously it did not work out for Shane Duffy last season and everyone expected him to be a big success when he went up there on loan so there are no guarantees.
“Postecoglou has got a lot of building to do up there but I believe he can get them going again. I like the appointment and I think he is a manager who can unite the club once again.
“Signing someone like Carter-Vickers would be a great start because he could sure up the defence. The quicker they get their back four and goalkeeper sorted out the better really.”
The Verdict: £10m way too much
Should Spurs still be wanting £10m for the defender, Celtic would have to make him their club-record signing.
Yes, they may have money to spend if Ajer gets his wish and leaves, but links of a £5m offer for highly-rated teenager Mario Vuskovic and claims they are monitoring £3.5m wonderkid Piero Hincapie could be wiser defensive moves, given their price and age.
Carter-Vickers has over 100 games experience in the Championship but is yet to feature in the Premier League, so £10m for the defender who has never proven himself at the highest level could be a costly decision.
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