Celtic remain in talks to sign centre-back despite Carl Starfelt move

It goes without saying that defence was a worry for Celtic last season. A number of the club’s defenders struggled for both form and fitness. And this time around, there appear to be even fewer options at the back.

Both Jeremie Frimpong and Hatem Abd Elhamed departed last season, while Diego Laxalt, Shane Duffy and Jonjoe Kenny have also left with their loan deals coming to an end. But it is the departure of Kristoffer Ajer to join Brentford, which will most probably be the biggest blow for the Hoops.

The club have signed Carl Starfelt from Rubin Kazan already but it looks like they might have another centre-back signing on their radar as well.

Larry Henry Jr of SBI Soccer, tweeted out that both Celtic and Newcastle United remain in talks with Tottenham Hotspur over the signing of Cameron Carter-Vickers:

Celtic remain in talks to sign Carter-Vickers

The 23-year-old has not managed to make his mark for Tottenham Hotspur yet. But he does already have some solid experience under his belt, having featured for six different clubs on loan in the Championship till now. He has also represented the United States national team on multiple occasions.

Thus, if the Hoops do sign him, they would not be signing an inexperienced defender. Rumours have suggested that Tottenham Hotspur could be looking for a transfer fee of around £5 million for the youngster. Newcastle United are another club who are believed to be interested in signing Carter-Vickers.

Despite the signing of Starfelt, the Hoops might still be short of options at the back. Christopher Jullien spent the majority of the previous season out injured and is yet to fully recover. Stephen Welsh, Osaze Urhoghide and Dane Murray are the other three capable of playing at centre-back. It is safe to say none of the three have a lot of experience under their belt though and as a result, Postecoglou could do with another centre-back in the squad.