Noel Whelan has suggested Celtic will wait until the end of the season to make a decision over the permanent signing of on-loan Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.
The 23-year-old joined the Hoops for the campaign on deadline day in the summer and has since managed to force his way into regular contention under manager Ange Postecoglou.
Carter-Vickers recently admitted he has been enjoying his time with the Scottish giants and he would be open to making the move permanent should his future at Spurs remain in doubt.
Celtic have an option-to-buy clause inserted in the centre-back’s contract, however former West Ham striker Whelan feels Postecoglou’s side will be patient when making a decision to activate it.
He cited Carter-Vickers’ shaky performance in the 3-2 Europa League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday as something Celtic will be wary of going forward.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan said: “Well, after Thursday night [against Bayer Leverkusen], probably not [making the move permanent].
“But you can’t just take it on the one game. You’ve got to give him the opportunity to give the full season to Celtic.
“Let’s see what happens. They’ve got a cup final to come up, they’re not far off the top with Rangers in the league. That’s going to be a good battle.
“Maybe being out of Europe frees them up a little bit to concentrate on that. I know it’s an old cliche but Rangers will still be in Europe, that does take its toll.”
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This is probably a move that will be completed in the summer regardless, as Carter-Vickers won’t exactly have many more opportunities back at Spurs. He is at an age now where he needs to be playing regularly with a permanent club instead of being a fringe player.
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