Celtic boss offers Cameron Carter-Vickers news amid injury fears

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Celtic got themselves a comfortable win for a change, winning 4-1 against Hibernian. Oh Hyeon-gyu was handed a start ahead of Kyogo and he justified the manager's decision by scoring a brace. Matt O'Riley continued his superb start to the season by adding another one to his goal tally. Luis Palma also made no mistake from the spot.

Most Celtic fans would have been worried coming out of the game though. The major reason behind that were the injury fears surrounding Cameron Carter-Vickers.

The centre-back had looked impressive in the first half against Hibernian. But he was subbed off at half-time, with Nat Phillips replacing him. Naturally, fans were left worried that Carter-Vickers had picked up another injury.

Fortunately, it looks like that was not the case. As reported by Football Scotland, Brendan Rodgers told BBC Sportsound:

"Just a precaution. He felt his hamstring a little tight. He wanted to continue but there's no point in risking him when we've got a centre-half on the bench."

Celtic boss offers Carter-Vickers news amid injury fears

The last thing Celtic need right now is for Carter-Vickers to pick up an injury. He is the club's best centre-back and has been since arriving in the summer of 2021 from Tottenham Hotspur.

Carter-Vickers has had his fair share of injury problems in recent times though. He had to undergo surgery last season. And he had suffered another issue earlier in this campaign.

It is great that this was nothing but a precautionary change and just a tight hamstring. Rodgers also deserves credit for taking him off at half-time. The club need Carter-Vickers to be available in the upcoming games and it is important to have a long-term vision.

Phillips was brought on in place of Carter-Vickers in the second. If the American international is unable to start in the next game, one would expect the Liverpool loanee to get the nod alongside Liam Scales in the heart of defence. One has to wonder what the future holds for Maik Nawrocki and Gustaf Lagerbielke.