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CELTIC STAR IN TRANSFER TUG-OF-WAR

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CELTIC could face a four-way transfer tug-of-war for loan star Cameron Carter-Vickers in the summer.

Ange Postecoglou has already stated he would like to sign the 24-year-old US international centre-back on a permanent deal.

Carter-Vickers’ temporary transfer expires on May 31 and the Hoops will be at the head of the queue when negotiations kick off in the following vital weeks.

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City, Burnley and Wolves are monitoring the defender’s situation, according to a report in the Daily Record, while Premier League-bound Bournemouth, who had the player on loan last season, are also interested in taking him back to the Vitality Stadium.

MATCHWINNER…Cameron Carter-Vickers thumps an effort beyond Allan McGrgeor for the Ibrox points-clincher.

A optional fee of £6million was claimed at the time of the original arrangement just before the August deadline.

Other figures have since been bandied around – as much as £10million in some media outlets – but that will be a matter for the money men of both clubs to thrash out. Add-ons to any cash outlay will most certainly be put in place.

Talks have been ongoing between Glasgow and London for a player who had six previous loan moves before arriving at Parkhead. Incredibly, he has yet to start a league game for Spurs in his seven years at the club.

Carter-Vickers is out of contract in June next year and Antonio Conte’s team will know the time to cash in on their defender is now.

BREAKTHROUGH STRIKE…Cameron Carter-Vickers volleys in the opening goal in the 2-0 win over stubborn St Mirren at Parkhead last month.

He scored the valuable goal at Ibrox on Sunday which moved the Hoops six points ahead at the top of the league with six games to play, continuing with the visit of St Johnstone on Saturday afternoon.

Postecoglou has steered the club to within touching distance of the Champions League – and the reported £40million jackpot for reaching the group stages – and that could persuade the Southend-born performer to remain at Parkhead.

Decisions this summer will be crucial for Celtic and Carter-Vickers.

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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