Former Premier League striker Noel Whelan has backed Celtic to complete the worthwhile capture of Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers this summer.
The lowdown: Carter-Vickers deal pending
This comes after a promising recent report from Sky Sports claimed that the Hoops are in talks with the Premier League club regarding a permanent move for the on-loan 24-year-old.
Carter-Vickers has enjoyed a superb spell at Parkhead this season, earning an outstanding 7.36 average Sofascore rating from 27 Premiership outings.
The USA international further endeared himself to the Bhoys’ faithful with an Old Firm derby winner last Sunday, and those supporters could be set to receive yet more positive news.
The latest: Whelan approves
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan was steadfast in his belief that the Hoops would be landing a very impressive operator for the mooted £6m fee.
The 47-year-old ex-Aberdeen ace said: “£6million? Worth every penny. He’s been solid as a rock since coming into Celtic, and not only that but he’s been getting on the scoresheet at important times too.
“He gets himself in the right areas, he’s brilliant on the ball, and he’s just someone who is very consistently playing well at the minute.
“He’s a real leader in that Celtic side. I wouldn’t want to see them without him at the back next season, put it that way. I think he’s deserved that £6million tag. That is a very cheap fee for someone with the extensive experience that he’s had.”
The verdict: Would be money well spent
Signing the £2.7m-valued colossus this summer has to be high on the list of priorities for Ange Postecoglou, particularly for the suggested asking price.
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Capped on eight occasions by the United States, Carter-Vickers is certainly on an upwards career path, hitting his best seasonal WhoScored rating this term, and Celtic will be hoping to benefit from the central defenders rising stock.
So far this season, the man who Chris Sutton described as ‘immense’ following that win at Ibrox has played every minute of all but one of the Hoops’ top-flight fixtures since joining the club, underpinning the importance of the powerful centre-back and why it would be £6m very well spent to secure his services permanently.
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