Cameron Carter-Vickers, on loan at Tottenham Hotspur, talks about the pressure of playing for Celtic
In a chat with Sky Sports (h/t Football Scotland), Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers shed light on the mentality required to play for Celtic.
The 24-year-old has been a reliable presence at the back for the Hoops alongside Carl Starfelt. He put in some crucial performances and played a crucial role in keeping Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership for now.
The American professional footballer has previously had loan spells with Sheffield United, Swansea and Bournemouth but has never really cemented his position in the senior team with the Lilywhites to date.
That being said, the 24-year-old seems to have some precious minutes under his belt. Carter-Vickers has scored three goals and provided one assist in 35 appearances in all competitions for Celtic so far.
Speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Football Scotland), the US centre-back spoke about the mentality required to play for players like Celtic. This is especially true given how close the Scottish Premiership title race is.
“If you play for Celtic or Rangers there’s so little margin for error. There are a lot of weeks where we’ve had midweek games and weekend games. So it’s difficult mentally cope with this pressure.
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The 24-year-old is starting to show a lot of promise with the Bhoys this campaign. He asserted himself in defense at Parkhead. The American could still potentially have some of his best footballing years ahead of him.
The North Londoners have struggled to establish a strong partnership in central defense in recent seasons. Antonio Conte plays with a back three which usually consists of Ben Davies, Eric Dier and Cristian Romero when fully fit.
This partnership has at times been far from convincing and seems to crack under pressure. The centre-back position could be a real problem that the club should address if they want to compete at a consistent level.
Although there has been a surge of enthusiasm following the Italian manager’s arrival at Hotspur Way, it is evident that there is still a long way to go if the club are to compete for silverware among the top flight in England and Europe.
If the 24-year-old continues to impress with the Scottish club, Conte could be tempted to bring him back to N-17 to give him a fair chance. The American professional footballer could use domestic competitions as a launching pad for a regular spot in the Spurs team.
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That being said, there are quite a few ifs and buts involved and the player would be focused on doing his best with Celtic at the moment. Only time can tell what the future holds for Carter-Vickers, but it’s good for one of our lads to put in a breakthrough performance, even for another club on a loan deal.