RAMON Vega has urged Cameron Carter-Vickers to snub the advances of any and all English clubs to focus on carving a successful career with Celtic in the Champions League.

USA international Carter-Vickers has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Scottish Premiership champions and now must agree to a permanent transfer deal with parent club Tottenham before June 15.

It is thought the English Premier League side inserted a £6million starting fee in the loan deal, a clause which could see any permanent move eventually rise to £10m with add-ons.

Should no deal be reached, Everton, Fulham and Bournemouth are reportedly interested in clinching the centre-back’s signature.

However, former Celtic defender Vega insists Carter-Vickers does not need to look elsewhere as he has everything that he wants already in place at Parkhead.

The Swiss knows from personal experience that the grass is not always greener outside Glasgow.

Vega won the treble with Martin O'Neill's side in 2001 during an incredible five-month spell in Paradise.

The club failed to offer him a deal when the season ended and he signed for Watford instead.

Vega admits that if he was Carter-Vickers' agent he would be steering him towards a future in Glasgow with Ange Postecoglou's men.

The ex-Swiss internationalist said: "It is up to Cameron Carter-Vickers what he does next. Celtic still has to pay the fees to extend the deal and make the move permanent.

"If everything can be agreed then there is no question that Carter-Vickers should stay at Celtic.

"He will play in the Champions League games at Parkhead and that will be an unbelievable experience for him. It is an unbelievable experience for any player really.

"Forget it, Carter-Vickers will not get that anywhere else. That's a fact.

"It is not even a question for me: if Carter-Vickers can stay, then he should stay. He will be at a fantastic football club.

"I had a similar experience at Celtic. I enjoyed a wonderful few months at the club and I won the treble – you couldn't really ask for more than that. I was sad that I did not get the chance to continue my career there.

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"Carter-Vickers has enjoyed a wonderful season and has won the title and the League Cup. He will realise soon enough that he is at one of the best clubs in world football.

"When he looks back on his career he will never forget such an experience. From that perspective, playing in the Champions League with a club like Celtic would be something pretty special.

"Celtic are a special football club. Carter-Vickers has the chance to play in the Champions League with Celtic – I wouldn't even have to think twice about that.

"If I were his agent I would be actively encouraging him to stay in Scotland. Celtic are a huge club. They have the money coming in from the participation in the group stages.

"If he performs well in the Champions League then his value will also increase so it really is a win-win for both parties.”

While the likes of Everton, Fulham and Bournemouth are circling south of the border, Vega reckons the fact that Carter-Vickers won his place back in the USA international setup after a three-year absence will only strengthen Celtic's hand moving forward.

The 24-year-old was part of a Hoops defence that conceded just 22 league goals all season.

Vega said: "Carter-Vickers is back in the USA squad because of his form with Celtic. It has been a wonderful environment for him.

"He is playing with a team that is winning trophies and whose team spirit and confidence are really high. That makes players stronger and more confident.

"Would he have got that at Everton, Fulham or Bournemouth? I don't know. He certainly won't get Champions League football with any of those clubs – but he will get it at Celtic.

"Celtic will also have the benefit of knowing that they have recruited a very good centre-back. Hopefully they can convince him to stay on at the club for a few years."

Vega can't wait for the Champions League draw as his dream is to see both his football loves – Celtic and Tottenham – paired together in the same group.

But as for who he would support?

"First and foremost it is brilliant that Celtic won the title and qualified for the group stages of the Champions League,” said the 50-year-old. “That is great. The club has a massive and global fanbase.

"Celtic is all about European games and they are one of the world's biggest clubs historically because they won the trophy. It is where they belong – they are a club that needs to be part of the Champions League.

"It has crossed my mind that Celtic and Tottenham could be drawn together though. The Vega household would be split right down the middle.

"I would need to get a green and white flag as the green side would signify Celtic and the white side would signify Tottenham.

"I can't really lose on that one as I love both of those football clubs. I just think it is wonderful to see both of my former sides in the Champions League. It makes me so happy.”