Celtic defender Cameron Carter Vickers has credited Hoops duo Callum McGregor and Nir Bitton for their part in installing the winning mentality when new players arrive at Parkhead.

The Tottenham Hotspur loanee joined Ange Postecoglou’s side on deadline day in the summer and was quickly thrown into action, making his debut, and scoring in a 3-0 win over Ross County in September.

Speaking to the club website, Carter Vickers opened up on the pressures and mentality that comes with being a Celtic player and credited both McGregor and Bitton, with the Hoops duo being amongst the clubs longest serving players.

“Coming to Celtic, the biggest thing I’ve found is that every game is a must-win.

“If we want to achieve what we want, we more or less have to win every game, and the pressure is there.

“If I compare it to the Championship where I’ve spent most of my time, you have to be consistent to achieve things but nowhere near as consistent as you do up here. The margin for error is very low, and that’s something I’ve had to adjust to and realise.

“Now I’ve been here for a while, you get used to that, and what’s good is that we have players in the team that have been here for a long time.

“Guys like Callum McGregor and Nir Bitton communicate that pressure to you when you come in, but it’s another thing to realise it and come under that pressure.

“This squad is so close, from the players to the staff, which helps relive that because you share the weight of the pressure together, and it helps us in our goals.”

Alongside Carl Stafelt, the American internationalist has been very impressive since his arrival in the summer, leaving many fans calling for the club to make his deal permanent in Glasgow.

After last night’s disappointing defeat, it is important for this group of players to have that must-win mentality installed instantly with a crucial title race that means Celtic must continue to be form setters at the top of the Premiership table.

Hopefully, the thrills that come with being a Celtic player can convince Carter Vickers to remain with the club long-term.



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