Celtic loan watch: Anthony Ralston booked, Andrew Gutman faces fight for his place, Manny Perez plays his part in 2-0 win

In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.

This week, the focus is on three full-backs who are currently loaned out by Celtic, two of whom have returned to their homeland on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Anthony Ralston

The 20-year-old right-back moved to St Johnstone on loan from Celtic on transfer deadline day and, after struggling for minutes with the Hoops, he is now seeing plenty of action in Perth.

His appearance in the 2-2 draw against Ross County on Saturday was his fourth consecutive start for the Saints, although he has yet to taste victory with his new club. [via TransferMarkt]

He was booked in the game at Victoria Park, the second yellow card he has picked up already in just over a month at St Johnstone – against whom he featured on the opening day of the league season for Celtic. [via TransferMarkt]

Andrew Gutman

The American left-back signed on loan for FC Cincinnati at the start of August and will stay there until the end of the 2020 Major League Soccer season pending international clearance, as reported by fccincinnati.com.

Having started five of Cincinnati’s first six MLS games upon arriving in Ohio, he has had to be content with a token minute off the bench in his two most recent appearances, including the 0-0 draw with DC United on Sunday. [via WhoScored]

The 23-year-old has provided one assist and been booked twice so far in his loan spell at Cincinnati, who are cut adrift at the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference.

Manny Perez

The 20-year-old right-back has been on loan at North Carolina FC in the USL Championship since signing for Celtic at the end of January. Like Gutman, his move has been made with a view to earning his International Transfer Certificate, as reported by northcarolinafc.com.

Playing in a wide midfield role, he featured for almost all of his team’s 2-0 win over New York Red Bulls II at the weekend, earning the penalty which indirectly led to North Carolina’s opening goal. [via northcarolinafc.com]

That was Perez’s 19th league appearance of the year and his eighth in the team’s last 10 games, with four assists to his name this season. [via TransferMarkt]

It will probably be some time yet before the American duo of Gutman and Perez get to play for Celtic, given their requirement for international clearance, and the former will surely be hoping to regain his place in Cincinnati’s line-up after recently giving way.

Ralston is at least getting the gametime of which he was being deprived at Celtic, although two yellow cards in four games for St Johnstone is not the best way to make a convincing case to Neil Lennon for future inclusion in the Hoops’ starting line-up.

Celtic fans, what are your thoughts on the loan spells of Ralston, Gutman and Perez? Will the latter two manage to feature for the club in the future? Let us know your views in the comments section below!

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Celtic loan watch: Anthony Ralston booked, Andrew Gutman faces fight for his place, Manny Perez plays his part in 2-0 win
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