Date: 9th November 2020 at 9:04pm
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FC are in talks with Celtic over signing Andrew Gutman for another season.

The left-back was signed during the bizarre January 2019 transfer window that also brought , Vakoun Bayo and to the club. Before February was over Brendan Rodgers left for Leicester City.

With no top league experience or a full international cap Gutman was denied a Work Permit and left Celtic on loan for Charlotte Independence where former Celtic coach Jim McGuinness was in charge.

Gutman looked decent in a couple of outings in and Austria in 2019 but without a Work Permit he couldn’t play on loan in which resulted in two loan spells at Cincinnati.

The 24-year-old is contracted to Celtic until June 2022 but with little sign of a Work Permit it looks like he’ll be spending another season at Cincinnati as they prepare their Roster for 2021. Jaap Stam is the current Cincinnati manager.

The Cincinatti website explains:

  • A total of 12 players have guaranteed contracts for the 2021 season: Saad Abdul-Salaam, Frankie Amaya, Alvaro Barreal, Allan Cruz, Franko Kova?evi?, Yuya Kubo, Jürgen Locadia, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Tom Pettersson, Beckham Sunderland, Maikel van der Werff and Brandon Vazquez
  • Four players are out of contract in 2021: Andrew Gutman*, Nick Hagglund*, Spencer Richey and Przemys?aw Tyto?*
  • FC Cincinnati will exercise the 2021 contract options on three players: Zico Bailey, Ben Lundt and Haris Medunjanin
  • Finally, FCC will decline the 2021 contract options on 12 players: Rashawn Dally, Siem de Jong, Mathieu Deplagne, Greg Garza, Joseph-Claude Gyau*, Bobby Edwards, Tommy McCabe, Jimmy McLaughlin, Hassan Ndam, Rey Ortiz, Caleb Stanko* and Kendall Waston

* The club is in current negotiations and discussions with Andrew Gutman, Joseph-Claude Gyau, Nick Hagglund, Caleb Stanko and Przemys?aw Tyto? about their futures with FC Cincinnati.

A permanent move to Cincinnati would seem to be the most logical conclusion with little prospect of a 24-year-old suddenly becoming eligible to play football in Scotland. Gutman did play as a trialist in a friendly away to Arbroath in January 2019 before signing his contract.

Left-back has been a problem position for Celtic since the sale of but Diego Laxalt, and Boli Bolingli have all been signed after the bizarre decision to give Gutman a contract.