Celtic have made no progress in trying to sign Cameron Carter-Vickers on a permanent basis, according to The Athletic‘s Hoops correspondent Kieran Devlin.
It has been reported in recent days that a host of English clubs, including West Ham, Wolves, Leicester, Burnley, Watford, Middlesbrough, West Brom and Bournemouth are all now interested in signing the 23-year-old. However, Devlin claims the player has yet to make it known where his future lies:
“Celtic have first say with their option-to-buy and they definitely want him, but ultimately it’ll be down to the player I believe. Newcastle was his preference in August but their interest wasn’t serious enough, so when Spurs called Celtic and offered them him on deadline day they readily accepted – they’d enquired about a loan with option-to-buy earlier that month but Spurs initially rejected it wanting only a permanent move, but by deadline day they just wanted him out the squad. Not sure how that’s changed and wouldn’t want to speculate – whether he now feels at home at Celtic or whether his performances attracting EPL attention will swivel his head.”
Of course, the option to buy does put Celtic ahead of the competition for Carter-Vickers, but that option can really only be triggered if the defender actually wants to stay at the club.
From the sound of things, the American international has made no definitive decision on where he will be playing his football next season. However, you do get the feeling that the longer this uncertainty drags on, the less likely it is that he will remain at Celtic Park.