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Gutman’s development path takes another unlikely twist

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The bizarre career of Andrew Gutman has taken another twist with confirmation from FC Cincinnati that the defender will spend 2020 on loan with the MLS side.

Without playing at any level higher than US College Celtic signed Gutman in January although it seems that he doesn’t have a work permit to play for the Scottish champions. Since his arrival Celtic have added Boli Bolingoli and Greg Taylor to their squad, the former Kilmarnock man is a year younger than Gutman.

Almost as soon as he had joined Celtic a loan deal to Nashville was agreed but that fell through with second tier side Charlotte Independence providing him with senior football for the first time.

Gutman returned to Celtic in the summer, looked impressive in pre-season appearances in Austria then was shipped back to the USA where he joined FC Cincinnati, on their club website they reported:

For the fullback, he spent 2019 in transit between Celtic, the Charlotte Independence of the USL Championship and Cincinnati. By joining the MLS side on a long loan, he has time to make himself at home – a luxury that wasn’t available to him previously.

For the club, his addition means FC Cincinnati have arguably the best left back depth in the league. Garza is an experienced U.S. Men’s National Team regular, while Gutman was named to the 40-man provisional roster for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.

January 2021 will be the first time that Gutman will be available to Celtic, it’ll take an incredible effort for a 24-year-old new to Scottish football to displace Bolingoli and Taylor from the Celtic side- assuming that he has obtained a work permit.

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