One of Celtic’s promising prospects has left the club on a temporary basis as he looks to gain first-team experience.
The club have announced on their official club website that Andrew Gutman will join Charlotte Independence on a short-term deal.
The American arrived at Celtic Park just last month on a three-and-a-half-year deal, however, the plan was always to send him out on loan to get experience.
He was originally scheduled to join Nashville SC, however, that move fell through because of their move to play in the MLS next season, per Goal.
However, he will now join former Celtic youth coach Jim McGuinness at Charlotte and will look to learn a lot about the ‘Celtic way’ through his guidance.
“My goal is to get back to Celtic,” he told the club’s official website.
“Having Jim here, he knows the Celtic way very well, so I’m excited to learn under him, and I’m looking forward to getting the season going.”
The move does not come as a surprise at all, especially considering he was always supposed to make a return to the United States of America.
However, a move to Charlotte may work in his and Celtic’s favour, as the guidance that McGuinness can offer Gutman may prepare him well for when the time is right for him to play for The Bhoys.
Celtic will certainly be keen to keep a close eye on how well the 22-year-old continues to progress and will hope it goes as well as it can possibly go.
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