Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers says he has “enjoyed” playing alongside multiple different centre-back partners this campaign.
The American international has started alongside the likes of Carl Starfelt, Moritz Jenz and (occasionally) Stephen Welsh but he says the changes have not affected how he plays:
“I have enjoyed it. All of the centre-back players are all good, and it’s been good to play alongside a number of people and build relationships on and off the pitch. That is something I have enjoyed. The more you play alongside someone, the more you get used to what they like to do, the positions they might like to take up defensively. From there, then you work off each other. That’s how a good partnership is built. I don’t change my game massively, just little tweaks, and that is normal and natural when you are playing alongside someone a few times, and you know what they are going to do.”
Carter-Vickers had developed an excellent understanding with Starfelt during his first season at Celtic Park, but the Swedish centre-half has had his troubles with injuries this campaign.
Summer signing Jenz has been picked to play with Carter-Vickers more often than not in recent weeks, and it’s fair to say that their partnership has had its ups and downs.
Three goals were conceded against Hearts and two were let in versus Dundee United in the league, while Real Madrid thumped five past them in the Champions League.
With Starfelt having returned to full fitness, we may see him return to being Carter-Vickers regular partner in upcoming fixtures.