Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that despite Cameron Carter-Vickers’ promising return to training, he won’t be starting in the crucial tie against Lazio.

Cameron Carter-Vickers of Celtic
Soccer Football – Scottish Premiership – Livingston v Celtic – Almondvale Stadium, Livingston, Scotland, Britain – March 6, 2022 Celtic’s Cameron Carter-Vickers in action with Livingston’s Joel Nouble Action Images via Reuters/Molly Darlington

The defender, who has been sidelined due to injury, was seen in full training with the squad, sparking hopes among fans of a potential start in the upcoming match.

Carter-Vickers has had a challenging season so far, with injuries limiting him to just two appearances. However, his recent involvement in training sessions and the positive feedback from Rodgers have provided a much-needed boost to the team’s morale.

Speaking about Carter-Vickers’ potential involvement, Rodgers said: [The Herald]

“Cameron wouldn’t be to start, it’s about whether we can get him in the bench,” Rodgers said.

“And if he had to come on and play 20 minutes to half an hour then great. If not, then we’ll keep him for the weekend. But he’s shown up really well.

“He’s needing to see his reaction to our last day of training and work and take it from there.

“But he’s very positive and it’s great news for us because we didn’t think he’d be back until after the international break.

“He’s worked very hard and everything he’s done with the medical team he’s shown up very well.

“He’s obviously been back in with us a little bit. It will be like signing a new player.

“You can see that comfort blanket for the team. A centre-half who is quick, strong, good on the ball, a proper man and knows football.

“He’s a great player for Celtic. I’m really looking forward to working with him.

“I know his education, I’m very close with a guy called John McDermott and John’s technical director of the English FA. He was 15 years at Tottenham and I’ve heard John speak on Cam before and his qualities and how he good he is.

“But it’s great to see it for my own eyes and see him here.

“He’ll be a big player for us.”

As Celtic gears up for the Lazio encounter, the potential involvement of Carter-Vickers, even if it’s off the bench, could be a game-changer. The team and fans alike will be eagerly awaiting the final squad announcement tonight, with lots of discussions on who will start, particularly in the wide areas.

It’s expected that Nat Philips will make his second start for Celtic and play alongside Liam Scales, with Gustaf Lagerbielke suspended.

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