Andrew Gutman finally starting to flourish in the USA after disappointing Celtic spell

By David Walton

September 29, 2021

Former Celtic defender Andrew Gutman finally looks as though he’s managed to get his career going again in the USA.

Gutman signed for the Hoops back in January 2019. However, despite looking like being an exciting new addition, Brendan Rodgers and latterly Neil Lennon never chose to utilise him.

Instead, his entire Celtic career was filled with loan spells back in his homeland with Charlotte Independence and FC Cincinnati respectively.

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Back in March, his two-year association with the Hoops would come to an end. Gutman signed for Atlanta United before joining New York Red Bulls on loan. This has seen him team up with former Celtic striker Patryk Klimala.

How it ended at Parkhead was majorly disappointing. Especially considering he once spoke about how he dreamed of running out at Celtic park every day during his loan spells in the States [Glasgow Times].

But now, Gutman is thriving as his loan spell with New York continues to see him go from strength to strength.

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Andrew Gutman making a solid impression after Celtic departure

For a start, Gutman is finally getting the regular minutes he didn’t see at Celtic Park. The American has 14 MLS appearances to his name since March. Only an injury blow earlier in the season halted him from being featured a lot more often.

In addition to that, the New York fans have been loving what Gutman has been producing. The player regularly receives plenty of praise for his performances on social media, and has become a dependable figure in the Big Apple.

Operating at both left-back and centre-back this season, the ex-Celtic prodigy appears to be developing at a gradual pace. Gutman never got the opportunity to show what he was made of at Celtic, playing no competitive games for the club.

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At 24, there’s a power of development left in Gutman yet. He’ll have his long-term sights on being a regular for the highly-talented Atlanta United side. But for now, he’s rebuilding his career with steady performances as he proves more than reliable at MLS level.

Celtic fans will forever be left to wonder why Gutman was signed in the first place. Was it a marketing ploy? An experiment gone wrong? Whatever the reason, the Hoops support didn’t get a single look at him.

And when you look at how much he’s growing into a solid MLS campaigner, it makes you wonder what if.

In other news, Jeremie Frimpong backing Ange Postecoglou to thrive at Celtic

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