Celtic could make Cameron Carter-Vickers’ move a permanent one next summer but a January deal looks unlikely, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The Lowdown: Carter-Vickers shining on loan
The 23-year-old joined the Hoops on loan from Tottenham back in the summer, having struggled to earn playing time in north London.
The 6 foot 1 defender’s current Spurs deal expires in the summer of 2023, so they may be open to selling him in 2022 rather than losing him on a free transfer the following year.
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The Latest: Permanent move next summer?
Speaking to Give Me Sport, O’Rourke claimed a permanent January switch is off the table but he could head to Parkhead for good next summer:
“It definitely won’t happen in January. I think in the summer, depending on where Celtic are and whether they’ve won the title and get automatic qualification to the Champions League, there might be a possibility of doing that one.”
The Verdict: No-brainer for Hoops
Carter-Vickers has proved his worth so far this season, evidenced by the praise from Sir Kenny, meaning snapping him up on a permanent deal makes perfect sense moving forward.
At 23, he still has so much maturing to do in the coming years, so he could grow into an even more formidable defender for Ange Postecoglou’s side, and perhaps land the club a considerable profit down the line if he moves on.
Virgil van Dijk was about to turn 22 when he joined Celtic, for example, and he has since become a legendary figure in the British game, not that Carter-Vickers will necessarily ever reach his heights.
The Spurs man has enjoyed a monstrous average of 3.8 aerial duels per game in the league this season however – the second-most of any Hoops player, behind Carl Stasrfelt (4.3) – while no individual has more than his average of 4.7 clearances per match.
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