The big news from last night wasn’t Scotland’s ignominious exit from the World Cup, in a really dire performance which was frustrating to watch. It was Cameron Carter Vickers admitting that he will leave Spurs this year for a more “settled” footballing life at a club where, as he puts it, he can feel at home. That club is almost certainly Celtic.
The more I watch this guy, the more he talks, the more I listen to him, the clearer it becomes that he is exactly the sort of person we want at Celtic in the long term, and the manager clearly knows this and has known it from the start.
Carter Vickers has the mentality that Ange wants to see at Celtic Park.
He comes across as someone who has a very clear, very direct, career progression plan, someone who now just wants first team football on a regular basis and to play in front of a support which backs him up and makes him feel as if he belongs, and he’s found that at Celtic.
I always wondered why Patrick Roberts didn’t fight for the chance to be at Celtic on a permanent basis. He chased the dream of being a City player long after it was obvious that it wasn’t going to come off.
The most important thing Carter Vickers has done here is realise that it’s over at Spurs, accepted that and decided to move on.
The second important thing is that he’s decided not to chase money, at least not right now when what he needs most is stability, support and regular games. That’s a major decision for a player who has no shortage of interest and offers … but he wants the right one, the right fit, and that’s the sort of mind-set that Ange values as much as talent.
What was it he said? “We don’t just want good players; we want good people.”
Carter Vickers is clearly both.
That is important, and we should welcome this signing like few others in our recent history when it’s completed, because this guy is a bit special and not just as a footballer but as a positive force at the club.
I hope he’s with us for many, many years.