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Cameron Carter-Vickers “delighted” to sign four-year deal with Celtic

The 24-year-old centre-back has joined Celtic on a long-term permanent deal from Tottenham. He spent last season on loan in Glasgow.

Update:
El defensor central, nacido en Inglaterra pero internacional por la Selección de Estados Unidos, y su equipo el Celtic FC se alzaron con la Copa de la Liga.
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USMNT defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has joined Celtic on a permanent deal from Tottenham.

The 24-year-old centre-back was born in England but has US citizenship due to his father, Howard Carter - an American former basketball player. He spent last season on loan in Glasgow, making a total of 45 appearances for Celtic across all competitions. He originally joined the Hoops one a one-year loan deal in September 2021 after making just one appearance for Spurs - a Europa Conference League qualifier against Paços de Ferreira. He would triumph at Celtic Park, playing a pivotal part in helping Ange Postecoglou’s side clinch the Scottish Premiership title and Scottish League Cup. He ended the campaign with four goals including one on his debut against Ross County and a crucial winner in the Old Firm derby against Rangers at Ibrox.

Carter-Vickers reflects on great season

He said he is thrilled to have made the move permanent, telling the club’s official TV channel, “I’m delighted. I really enjoyed last season. I had good luck with the manager and the group of players there. I knew I wanted to stay there - it was just about trying to get the deal done and over the line.

During his time at Spurs, Carter-Vickers was loaned out seven times, but at last he now has the chance to put down roots in Glasgow. “As I say, last season was great. Not just for me but for the team as well and turning up for all the home games and even the away games, the support we got as a team was magnificent and that was definitely part of it,” he continued. “I had heard stories from players who used to play up in Scotland but I don’t think you really do realize until you come up here yourself. It was a bit of a surprise but it’s also really enjoyable and it’s great to play in those environments. It was great to win the league last season and we want to do it next year as well”.

A sensational season earned him a place in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year in April and he was also among the nominees for the Scottish Football Writers’ Association (SFWA) Footballer of the Year award.

Chance to go to the World Cup

His performances didn’t go unnoticed by USNMT coach Gregg Berhalter who recalled the defender for international duty this month. Carter-Vickers played the full 90 minutes of Friday’s 5-0 CONCACAF Nations League group stage win over Grenada. The USMNT are next in action against El Salvador on Tuesday.

It’s a boost for the new Celtic man, who has the chance to impress and secure a place in the squad for the Qatar World Cup, where the US will be in Group B alongside England, Wales and Iran.

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