Nicholson hopes UCL qualification will seal £10m deal with Parkhead


Celtic chief executive Michael Nicholson is hoping to entice Cameron Carter-Vickers to stay at Parkhead by providing regular playing time and Champions League action, according to the reporter. Pete O’Rourke.

As it stands, Carter-Vickers is due to return to Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the season when his loan move the Premier League side is about to expire.

What’s the latest on Carter-Vickers?

Nicholson was put in charge of negotiating Carter-Vickers’ permanent move to Parkhead despite manager Ange Postecoglou being branded “the chairman of the board in football recruiting terms” by owner Dermot Desmond.

It seems that he has already made inroads since, according to the Daily recordingCeltic are close to completing a deal for Carter-Vickers which could reach £10million with future additions.

The report suggests the eight-cap The United States international’s side believe staying with the Bhoys is the best option after enjoying the best period of his career at Glasgow.

Carter-Vickers became a key member from the Postecoglou backline and scored vital goals in Celtic’s pursuit of the Scottish Premiership title, including the winner against arch-rivals Rangers earlier this month.

The 24-year-old also won his first piece of silverware during his time north of the border thanks to winning the Scottish League Cup in December.

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What did Pete O’Rourke say about Carter-Vickers?

O’Rourke believes Nicholson will do everything to ensure Carter-Vickers stays at Celtic.

The journalist also believes Champions League qualification – if they win the Scottish Premiership title – will be in the hands of the Bhoys.

O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “I think Nicholson will be thinking, ‘come here for regular first-team football, you know the club and there’s a chance to play in the Champions League next season, which would be attractive for all players’.

“I think if he went to Celtic maybe Celtic will think we can keep him here for at least a few years and if he continues to shine and grow after that maybe a return to the Premier League could be in prospect for Carter-Vickers.

“He’s still quite young and has been on loan a few times from Spurs, so finding a permanent home where he’s happy, while apparently it’s worked out for him at Celtic so far this season, maybe that’s his next best thing.

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Has Carter-Vickers sparked interest elsewhere?

It seems many clubs south of the border are keen to secure the services of Carter-Vickers, with Burnley join Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City are hoping to strike a deal.

Another team eyeing the centre-half is West Ham United, who have developed a interest despite being Tottenham’s rivals.

Watford and Championship side Bournemouth could have the edge over other English clubs as they have done before been in touch with Spurs before potentially moving this summer, but Celtic will be hoping to win the battle to sign Carter-Vickers.

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