Celtic: Manny Perez returning to Glasgow this month but expected to leave on loan again

Celtic: Manny Perez returning to Glasgow this month but expected to leave on loan again

Celtic winger Manny Perez is set to return to the club this month, having spent most of 2019 on loan at North Carolina FC.

Football Insider reported that the 20-year-old American will return to his parent club in November, but his stay in Glasgow is likely to be brief as he is expected to be loaned out again from January.

According to Football Insider, he will most likely go back to the USA for another loan spell in 2020, with a potential move to a Major League Soccer club on the cards.

Perez signed for Celtic last January but was instantly loaned to North Carolina FC in the USL Championship, the second tier of football in USA.

The right winger played 22 times for the club during the season, which falls entirely within the same calendar year and finished recently. He provided four assists but failed to find the net himself in 2019 (as per TransferMarkt).

He started just 13 games for North Carolina FC, who finished seventh in the USL Championship Eastern Conference to qualify for the play-offs, in which they lost to Legion FC.

Perez will have James Forrest ahead of him in the right midfield pecking order when he returns to Celtic, with the Scotland international enjoying an excellent campaign that has already seen him score 11 goals and supply 12 assists in 24 appearances.

Having started every Premiership and European game this season, the 28-year-old is evidently Neil Lennon’s go-to man on the right wing, quite understandably given his fantastic scoring return.

Having made little impact in the American second tier during 2019, Perez seems highly unlikely to feature regularly for Celtic in the short-term, which would make another loan move the most sensible option.

Hopefully he can obtain that with an MLS club, which would then see him being tested at a higher level of football than what he’s experienced so far.

If that comes off and he performs well, perhaps then he could look at trying to make the breakthrough at Celtic, but for now that appears a remote prospect.

Celtic fans, do you think Perez needs another loan move before he can look at breaking through to the first team at Parkhead? Share your views in the comments section below!

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