Today I got a chance to ask Ange a couple of questions, and whilst I’ll go over one of those later on, the important thing that came out of his afternoon press conference was in relation to our injury situation, and in this respect the news is good.
In fact, it’s very good indeed.
The Boss expects that Cameron Carter Vickers will be back for the start of the next campaign.
The operation went well, he said, and there is a lot of confidence in the return schedule.
This is the best news we could have gotten, although as I wrote earlier in the week there would undoubtedly have been a Plan B had the injury looked more serious.
“He’s had the surgery, he’s on his way back and it went really well and he’ll be alright for the start of the season, I’m sure,” Ange said. “It’s a great boost. He was really keen to play up until last weekend. He knew how important that was in the context of our season and he’s a very important part of our set-up and our team.”
Knee injuries are tricky, but there’s not a player in the squad who you would bet on to get back sooner than this guy. He will obviously work as hard as possible to get back to full fitness, and that he actually delayed the op in the first place in order to play in one of our most critical fixtures should leave fans in no doubt about his dedication to the cause.
There were people outside of Celtic who were obviously hoping that the news here wasn’t so positive as this. Sorry to disappoint them. Carter Vickers may well find himself winning the player of the year awards in this campaign, and although I suspect Kyogo in particular will be in there until the final votes are cast, he would be a deserving winner.
That we will not have to wait until late September to see him back in the side is fantastic.
Of all the news we could have gotten today, this is the best.