Cameron Carter-Vickers has picked up where he left off with Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic following the FIFA World Cup and fellow centerback Carl Starfelt has continued to notice the impact made by the American defender this season.
Carter-Vickers and Starfelt have continued to partner one another in Ange Postecoglou’s backline this season, leading Celtic to a current first place spot and a nine point advantage over Glasgow rivals Rangers in the table. After impressing on loan from Tottenham last season, Carter-Vickers has remained a regular in the starting lineup, totaling 22 appearances in all competitions so far.
The duo of Carter-Vickers and Starfelt has been key in Celtic dominance through the opening 19 matches of the league season, as the club leads the league in fewest goals conceded (15), goal differential (+46), and is tied with Rangers with eight clean sheets overall. Although Starfelt missed two months through injury, the 27-year-old has praised Carter-Vickers’ impact in the Celtic squad and alongside him as a teammate.
“Cameron is a really good player and I’ve enjoyed playing with him since he came,” Starfelt said in a pre-match press conference, transcribed by Glasgow Live. “I feel like we have a good chemistry on and off the pitch. We see many situations the same way. He’s a very strong player. You always know what you will get from him. He’s easy to play with.”
Carter-Vickers’ impressive 17 months in Glasgow has not only helped him overcome some frustrating moments at Tottenham, but also continue his overall development as a player. The 24-year-old centerback has forced his way back into the U.S. men’s national team picture, making his World Cup debut in a 1-0 group stage victory over Iran.
Carter-Vickers has returned to Celtic and helped the league-leaders pick up four-consecutive victories since the World Cup break, including Wednesday’s 4-0 shutout of Hibernian at Easter Road. Up next for Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, and Celtic is a trip to Ibrox Stadium on Jan. 2 with an opportunity to extend their lead to 12 points over Rangers with a victory.
It will be another tough test for Celtic in recent weeks, but with Carter-Vickers headlining the backline, the visitors will be favored to keep their winning run going.