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Chris Sutton praises Cameron Carter-Vickers after Old Firm performance

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has praised Tottenham Hotspur loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers for his “tremendous” performance in the Old Firm derby.

The 24-year-old’s first-half goal in the 42nd minute proved the game-winner as Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side ousted Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers 2-1 at Ibrox, in what could be a crucial three points in the Scottish Premiership title race.

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After a Celtic free-kick, the ball fell perfectly on the USMNT international, who smashed the ball home with a first left-footed strike from inside the penalty area.

Chris Sutton praises Cameron Carter-Vickers

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It was Carter-Vickers’ fourth goal of the season and he may not score a bigger one throughout his career.

With the Hoops having the option of signing the Spurs man on a permanent deal, solid performances like today will only add weight behind Celtic’s need to trigger this option.

Although reports have claimed that Leicester City and Wolves were among the teams to contact Spurs to sign the centre-half.

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But after several loan spells in the Championship, it looks like Carter-Vickers has found his home at Parkhead.

In Celtic’s biggest game of the season, Carter-Vickers put in a colossal performance. He finished the match with 55 touches and won seven aerial duels, no player on either side won more.

He also made three interceptions and nine clearances in what was a man-mountain display, which didn’t go unnoticed by BT Sport pundit Sutton.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Cameron Carter-Vickers said: “It’s a huge win for us, there aren’t many games left so every win is important.

“All season we showed this character, we keep pushing and that’s what we did today.

“It was tough, the fans were all screaming for them and sometimes it takes a while to adjust, but after that we played well.”

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