‘Important part of our group’ – Manager praises impact of on-loan £6m Spurs man

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Celtic boss Ange Posteocoglou has hailed the impact that Cameron Carter-Vickers has had at the club, admitting the centre-back has shown maturity beyond his years. 

Carter-Vickers had a series of loan spells in the Championship over the last few years with varying degrees of success but he seems to have finally found a home at Celtic Park.

The 24-year-old has been a mainstay in the Bhoys backline this season and has arguably been the catalyst for the club’s impressive defensive record, which has helped them to build a six-point lead over Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

Celtic have the option of signing the Spurs academy graduate permanently for £6m and reports indicate they are working to seal the deal ahead of the summer transfer window (The Daily Record).

Posteocoglou has insisted that the centre-back’s level of performance has not come as a surprise to him, given Carter-Vickers’ displays in the Championship over recent years.

The Celtic boss told The Scotsman: “Cam’s been great.

“We got him in on deadline day, so for him to be such a consistent performer for us considering he missed all of pre-season and the season had already started by the time we got him in is a credit to him. 

“He’s been a fantastic addition to our playing staff, he’s also a great person to have in the dressing room.

“He’s really calm and belies his years in the way he conducts himself, he acts like a really experienced player. He’s been an important part of our group and he’s had a great year. 

“He had a really good three or four years in the Championship. He didn’t just survive in that league, he did very well.

“When I watched him and did my research on him, he looked like a type that could provide leadership, particularly at the back, and that’s how it’s proved. There’s still an enormous improvement.”

Posteocoglou also praised Carter-Vickers for his professionalism and willingness to learn.

He added: “I try to go for the low maintenance ones, it makes my life easier. There aren’t too many who have given me headaches this year. He’s definitely in that camp but he wants feedback and he works closely with the other coaches on one-to-one feedback. 

“He has an inquisitive mind so he gives his own opinion about how things are going and what we should be doing. He’s been a good part of the group, not just as a footballer but as a person.”

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I expect Carter-Vickers to seal a permanent move to Celtic Park this summer. The centre-back will want some continuity in his career in order to develop into a top player and Celtic might prove the right stepping stone for him to potentially aspire to return to the Premier League in the future.

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