Celtic left-back Andrew Gutman could be on his way out of the club as ‘negotiations and discussions’ have been opened regarding his departure.
Gutman to leave Celtic?
Former manager Brendan Rodgers brought the 24-year-old across the pond along with Manny Perez back in January 2019 after winning the Hermann Trophy shortly beforehand, silverware that recognises young prospects in the USA (via Sky Sports).
Despite this, he was immediately loaned back to the States and has been playing for FC Cincinnati for the last 15 months, and is due to return on December 31st (via TransferMarkt).
However, it remains to be seen whether he will get the opportunity under Neil Lennon, who has signed three left-backs since his return to Parkhead, albeit Diego Laxalt is only on loan in Glasgow.
FC Cincinnati released a statement on their official website about the future of several players, where Gutman’s name was mentioned.
“The club is in current negotiations and discussions with Andrew Gutman, Joseph-Claude Gyau, Nick Hagglund, Caleb Stanko and Przemysław Tytoń about their futures with FC Cincinnati.”
General Manager Gerard Nijkamp also commented, confirming 12 players have guaranteed contracts and Gutman is one of several they are eyeing to add “more additions” for “roster flexibility”.
Transfer Tavern take
Having never made a competitive appearance for the Hoops and with the options that Lennon has at his disposal (via TransferMarkt), it would be fair to say that Gutman has no future at Celtic Park.
Gutman has been playing regularly across the pond and appears to be quite far down the Irish Bhoys boss’ pecking order, with Laxalt getting plenty of minutes under his belt in green and white colours.
That being said, Lennon could have a dramatic change of heart and opt to keep the American at the club – only time will tell.
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