Frank McAvennie hopes Celtic will agree a permanent deal with loan defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.
The American is on loan from Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur until the end of the 2021/22 season and has started all but one Premiership game since joining Glasgow.
The centre-back said in the fall he was ‘open’ to staying at Parkhead beyond this season and thanked Ange Postecoglou and his coaching staff for making him feel ‘welcome’ and having designed an “easy to adapt” system.
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie – who played 106 games for Celtic over four seasons – said it was important for The Hoops to secure the long-term signing of a “key” player, but claimed that it was a balancing act, warning his former club not to pay more than Carter-Vickers’ chances.
The former Hoops striker called the 24-year-old a ‘dominant defender’ and, discussing his future at Parkhead, said: ‘I’m still hoping we sign him this summer as long as the money is good we don’t should not overpay. But he is clearly a key part of this team and it would shock me if we didn’t have him.
It is understood that under the loan deal Celtic have the option of buying Carter-Vickers for £6m this summer, more than double their Transfermarkt valuation of £2.7m .
However, there may still be room for negotiation. For example, in January the club held talks with Spurs over the specific structure of any deal.
Celtic might want to put in place a favorable payment plan, and then there’s also the matter of integrating Carter-Vickers into their existing salary structure, although it wouldn’t be surprising if they were keen to do whatever it takes. it takes to close the deal.
Postecoglou clearly has great faith in the 24-year-old, and for good reason – among players who have made at least five appearances for the Hoops this season, Carter-Vickers has the fourth-highest average rating on WhoScored.
He won 4.3 aerial duels, made 4.4 clearances and selected four accurate long passes per game (the first for Celtic in any category), also scoring three league goals. Therefore, it’s no wonder McAvennie wants the Bhoys to make the USA loan a permanent transfer.
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