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Carter-Vickers delivers winning goal in Old Firm Derby victory

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Cameron Carter-Vickers has excelled on loan for Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic this season and the American defender saved one of his best moments for Sunday’s Old Firm Derby against rivals Rangers.

Carter-Vickers scored the winning goal for Ange Postecoglou’s side, helping Celtic earn a 2-1 road victory at Ibrox Stadium and move six points clear at the top of the Premiership table. It was Carter-Vickers’ fourth league goal of the season and his first against Rangers.

It was a fast start at Ibrox Stadium with both teams scoring goals in the opening seven minutes of the match. Aaron Ramsey’s first goal for Rangers broke the deadlock in the third minute before Tom Rogic equalized for the visitors in the seventh minute.

Celtic swung momentum in its favor in the 43rd minute with Carter-Vickers making the most of a failed clearance in the box. The 24-year-old pounced on a loose ball in the Rangers box and hammered a low shot past Allan McGregor for the go-ahead and eventual winning goal.

Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart would make five saves to preserve the road win while Carter-Vickers won the most duels in the match (8). He also made nine clearances, three interceptions, and drew one foul as Celtic extended its current winning run to five matches across all competitions.

The U.S. men’s national team defender has been linked with a permanent move to Celtic this summer after an impressive loan spell from Tottenham. Leicester City, Wolves, and other English clubs have also expressed their interest in the American centerback on a permanent deal.

Carter-Vickers and Celtic next host St. Johnstone on April 9 before taking on Rangers in the Scottish Cup semfiinals.

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  1. He’s had a really good season and has show up in big games in crazy atmospheres. We really need to take a serious look at him during the friendlies, bc vs Euro teams I’m concerned our CB pairings are currently lacking that next level experience, or am I the only one worried about Zimmerman-Robinson as a starting choice come WC time?

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    • Well, I voiced my concern after the Costa Rica game. CCV, Richards, Erik Palmer Brown and Brooks should all get another look at the very least. I hope we can get enough friendlies against good teams in the next two windows so that players like them and maybe Scally get their chances.

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    • While CCV had a good season it’s highly doubtful that he’ll get another shot with the USMNT before the WC. Gregg has pretty much locked/Inked Zimmerman and Robinson into the 23. When healthy Richards is the likely 3rd CB, and now Long has returned from injury he’s leading the pack for the 4th CB spot.
      That leaves Brooks, McKenzie, Sands, & EPB as CBs on the outside looking in, but have at least been invited to a Camp in the last 9 months. CCV can’t even make that claim.
      If by some chance FIFA extends the roster size for the cup we could see a 5th CB taken, but if we do it’ll likely be either Brooks for his experience or Sands for his versatility.

      The good news for CCV is that Zimmerman, Long, and Brooks will likely be done after this WC. That opens 2 to 3 CB spots in a 23 for 2026. Richards & Che are the likely starters so that leaves 2 open spots for Robinson, McKenzie, Sands, EPB, & CCV to fight for. If Gregg’s contract gets extended you can basically write CCV off.

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      • Way to early to say Che is a starter for next cycle. He’s played RB in MLS for half a season, half season 3Bundesliga, and 13 minutes at Hoffenheim. I’m pretty optimistic about Justin, but we’ve seen other bright 18 year olds that looked can’t miss that never materialized.

      • Razor – Yes it’s early to appoint Che for 2026, but he’s a player with all the attributes you’d want in a top tier CB and he’s on the right path. Che is similar to Richards in that they are athletic CB’s who are able to distribute. Don’t discount his time playing RB at FC Dallas….Richards was a RB in his first handful of Bayer Matches.
        The other thing to consider is that by 2026 there is actually a very good chance we transition to a 3 back system with McKenzie as the LCB, Richards as the CB and Che as the RCB. Or push Richards to LCB and insert Robinson or EPB in the central CB spot. A 3 back system could feature Bryan Reynolds as a RCB….he’s got the size, he’s athletic, and can distribute.
        That’d free up some of the defensive duties of Dest & Jedi/Gomez to be more attacking.
        5 years is a long time and a lot is going to depend on who the manager is. But I wouldn’t be surprised if after the WC we see more of the 3 back formations tried. Gregg wanted to use it this cycle but lacked the pieces and ran out of time to implement.

    • We have a good number of CB pairings. (Then ever before). I think it’s dependent on the system (obviously), and what (GB), or whoever is looking for. I think, Miles & Thor is what worked for WC qualifying. For Concacaf solid! I do agree, that pairing for the WC wouldn’t be ideal. What I’ve seen after the Miles- Zimmerman combo, there’s Brooks & Long! Mid 20s- Miazga-CCV (since YNTs.). EPB-CCV (3-man back line v France). 2000 born- Richards-Sands, McKenzie-Richards, McKenzie-Sands. Possession- Brooks-Richards (fan fav!), Brooks-EPB; Brooks-Miazga, Richards-EPB, Brooks-Sands. Athletic-Miles-Richards, Miles-CCV, Richards-CCV; Long-Miles, Miles-Sands, Long-Zimmerman.
      I think, 4 CBs can rotate but if roster is 26, maybe GB selects 5? …but I haven’t really given it much thought. CCV has always been good imo. Just needs to find a home.

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