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Jan Vertonghen’s past comments will thrill Celtic fans

It’s safe to say that Celtic’s transfer deadline has been hectic. Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie, two players accustomed to the first team for several years, have left the club. On the other hand, they signed Georgios Giakoumakis on a permanent deal while Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers arrived on loan, although a call option is included in both of these deals. Three players have also left the club on one-season loans.

All in all it was a very exciting day. And the most exciting part has certainly been the late decision to sign Carter-Vickers from Tottenham Hotspur.

The Hoops had been linked with Carter-Vickers for months, but it didn’t look like a move to Parkhead was on the cards. However, that changed late and the decision was announced just minutes before the summer transfer window abruptly closed.

With defense being a concern for the club, it will be interesting to see what he brings. Jan Vertonghen’s past comments about the defender will thrill Celtic fans, however. As reported by ESPN, the former Tottenham Hotspur star said of Carter-Vickers in 2016:

“He’s still young but he’s an absolute beast. He is a real defender. He’s strong in one-on-one, in the air, he’s not afraid and he can play from behind. This is the style the gaffer wants to see from him.

Carter-Vickers could prove to be a good signing for Celtic

Vertonghen made the comments in 2016, when Carter-Vickers was just 18. At the time, he was one of the top-rated young defenders playing in England and many expected him to become a regular Tottenham Hotspur first-team player in the future.

It’s safe to say that things didn’t go so well for the US international. Although he has played a decent amount of football in the English league during several loan spells over the years, he has never quite managed to establish himself in Tottenham Hotspur’s first team and has only made only a few appearances for them.

Looks like he’s the type of defender who can do it all from the back. And I hope he can show it while he is in Parkhead. Celtic could certainly do with a player like that at this point.