Celtic’s defensive lineup has been notably impacted by the absence of American international Cameron Carter-Vickers, who has been sidelined due to an early-season injury. The shortage of available centre-backs has made his absence particularly detrimental to the squad.

When questioned about Carter-Vickers’ potential return to the pitch, Brendan Rodgers was succinct but optimistic, confirming that the player is on track for a return in early October. “Considering today is September 20th, he’s still a bit of time away from rejoining the team,” Rodgers informed Sky Sports.

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From the Celtic vantage point, Carter-Vickers’ swift return is of the utmost importance. He serves as the linchpin of the defence, bringing both experience and a sense of composure to the backline.

Celtic has included Carter-Vickers in their Champions League roster, indicating that he will be eligible to participate in the prestigious tournament once he’s fit. While the upcoming match against Lazio may arrive too soon for his return, it’s anticipated that he will be available for subsequent fixtures.

Celtic have Livingston on Saturday afternoon in the early kick off. The bhoys are going to have to navigate a poor artificial pitch as well as a team defending for their lives.


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