Celtic centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers is carrying a knee injury, according to reports in the Scottish media.
The American international did not play against Kilmarnock at the weekend as the Hoops wanted to protect him from further damage on a plastic pitch.
However, it appears Carter-Vickers needs surgery to correct the problem and it’s now likely that he will play the Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers before having an operation. Fans on Twitter have been discussing the situation:
— Durutti 🏴🐝🍀🏴☠️ (@GTATL1936) April 18, 2023
yuki x starfelt after the next couple games anyway
— Tyler (@tyler_c88) April 18, 2023
Play him in semi final then he can go for surgery
— FrankieCamp (@FrankieCamp27) April 19, 2023
Seems like a decision that's been made – especially with the timing.
All but secured the league & more favourable to have him ready for preseason than to play in dead rubbers (outwidth the semi final)
— Ross Bain (@Rossbain244) April 18, 2023
Play semi and have a well deserved rest. Back fresh for start of pre season. Yuki in and some game time for welsh to see if he’s up to the job now
— celts1986 (@buckshot_1986) April 19, 2023
Keep him off the pitch till the semi final, he plays in that, then we can afford to lose him for the rest of the season
— Connor Mac (@MacConnorJohn) April 18, 2023
Kobayashi looks decent tbf so hopefully shouldn't be too much of an issue for a couple of weeks
— Alistair Johnston's Poutine 🍀 (@MedwayCeltic) April 18, 2023
It is believed that Carter-Vickers will miss the rest of the season once he goes under the knife. With the Premiership title all but sewn up, though, the only important fixture remaining is the cup final, if Celtic make it through.
Considering they would face Falkirk or Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Ange Postecoglou’s side could probably get by without Carter-Vickers. Yuki Kobayashi has looked solid when called upon and the 22-year-old should have no issues playing alongside Carl Starfelt in the centre of defence.