‘Don’t even think about it’ – Ramon Vega urges Spurs defender to leave

Ramon Vega
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Former Tottenham defender Ramon Vega has urged Cameron Carter-Vickers to complete a permanent move to Celtic if he gets the chance to do so.

Carter-Vickers has earned rave reviews for his solid displays at Celtic since his season-long loan move from Tottenham.

The 23-year-old has become a mainstay in Ange Postecoglou’s backline and the Celtic boss has expressed his intention to keep the centre-back at the club beyond the end of this season.

The Spurs academy graduate has also admitted that he would be open to staying at Parkhead beyond the end of his loan spell.

According to reports, the Scottish giants have the option to sign the centre-back for £6m at the end of his loan spell. 

Sky Sports revealed last week that Celtic have already opened talks with Tottenham regarding a permanent deal for the USA international.

Vega, who spent a six-month loan spell at Celtic during his playing days, believes that Carter-Vickers should not think twice about sealing a permanent move up north.

The former Spurs man told The Daily Record “I hope that Carter-Vickers has the opportunity that I didn’t have. The chance was not there for me to stay because I certainly would have done.

“Celtic wouldn’t have even had to have paid £6 million for me. I was free and I didn’t get the chance which I would have loved.

“If I was him and the opportunity is there for this move to become a permanent thing, it’s not even a question mark because you will improve an enormous amount.

“You would be taking a massive step up in your career to be working within a massive club.

“Every time any player would ask me about going to Celtic, I’d say don’t even think about it. Get on a bike and cycle there because you are going to play very good football and represent a huge club.

“It is always the case when going from another club into a new life and a new opportunity, it gives an enormous boost.

“It’s a new environment and, if it starts clicking with the team doing well and performing, it helps to bring out the best in you.”

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I agree with Vega that a permanent move to Celtic would be the right next step in Carter-Vickers’ career. At 23 years of age, the centre-back needs to settle down at a club and play regularly. I expect the Scottish giants to activate the clause to sign him at the end of the season.

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