In a significant development, American international Cameron Carter-Vickers was photographed participating in first-team training this past Friday afternoon. While the defender is not expected to be match-fit until after the international break, the latest indications suggest he is on track to be available for the crucial home tie against Atletico Madrid.

Brendan Rodgers had initially projected an early October return for Carter-Vickers. Although that timeline has been slightly adjusted, the visual evidence of the player back in training has provided a much-needed boost to the team and its supporters.

From an analytical standpoint, Carter-Vickers’ return couldn’t be more timely for Celtic. The squad has faced challenges at centre-back, and his reintegration into the lineup will offer much-needed depth and experience. Carter-Vickers brings a stabilising presence to the backline, a quality that will be invaluable as Celtic prepare to face a formidable Atletico Madrid side in the Champions League.

It’s worth noting that Celtic had proactively included Carter-Vickers in their Champions League squad despite the injury, a decision that underscores his importance to the team’s European ambitions. While the upcoming Lazio match may still come too soon for his inclusion, all signs point to his availability for the Atletico Madrid fixture.

The Friday afternoon image of Carter-Vickers in training has done more than lift spirits—it has provided concrete evidence of the defender’s imminent return. This development really does give Celtic fans an indication we’re getting stronger.


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