By Frank McAvennie

25th Sep, 2022 | 3:21pm

Celtic expert: Cameron Carter-Vickers set for extended spell on sidelines - 'from what I've heard'

Frank McAvennie has insisted losing Cameron Carter-Vickers to injury is a “huge” loss for Celtic.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops striker said Moritz Jenz and Carl Starfelt perform better alongside Carter-Vickers.

The 24-year-old was missing from the squad in the 2-0 defeat to St Mirren last Sunday (18 September).

The defender suffered a niggle in the Celts’ Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk.

The centre-back was forced to withdraw from the USA international squad for their last round of games before the World Cup.

On Thursday (22 September), journalist Anthony Joseph reported that US Soccer have described his injuries as “minor”.

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However, McAvennie suggested Carter-Vickers could be facing a longer spell on the sidelines.

He’s a huge miss and apparently he’s going to be out for a while, from what I’ve heard,” he told Football Insider.

It’s not ideal with the games coming thick and fast but the international break will have done him good. He’ll be getting worked on and hopefully he’ll be back in a couple of weeks.

He’s a huge presence in the team. I think Jenz looks a better player when he’s with Carter-Vickers, so does Starfelt. [Stephen] Welsh and Jenz didn’t do it last week for me. There were too many changes. It was great for St Mirren but from a Celtic point of view, it was the first game they’ve lost in a year and it was a stupid was to lose because they just didn’t turn up.

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