Andrew Gutman might not be able to replace Kieran Tierney this season

By Connor Gordon

July 1, 2019

Andrew Gutman, the potential replacement for Celtic’s Kieran Tierney, may have a snag.

The American is currently playing with the firs-team, but is set to return home. Celtic TV commentators told fans during the match against Wiener about the player’s plans.

With Tierney’s possible transfer to Arsenal, could Gutman be going back to Glasgow after all?

Andrew Gutman in for Kieran Tierney?

The 22-year-old has impressed fans in the two halves he has played so far.

Celtic’s Andrew Gutman in action across the pond. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

The lung-bursting left-back likes to get forward and is a capable defender too. He’s fast, holds a good backline and is organised.

However, the American under 20-international is currently set to go back home after pre-season.

Celtic TV told fans on Saturday that Gutman will go back, as will his fellow countryman Manny Perez, as confirmed by his loan club.

It could appear that Gutman’s appearances are short and sweet despite good showings.

The Hoops only have one match left against Switzerland’s FC St Gallen for Gutman to show his stuff.

Celtic then go away to play their first Champions League qualifier against Sarajevo.

What of Celtic’s Kieran Tierney’s future? (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

This said, if there is movement on Tierney’s potential move to Arsenal, plans can change.

The Gunners are stepping up their game to bring the left-back to London.

Celtic must make Kieran Tierney replacement decision

If the Scotland international is to depart this summer it will be for big bucks. A reported £20 million bid is the latest offer made by Unai Emery’s side.

Will Celtic stick with Gutman as first choice or will they head into the transfer market?

Romain Perraud is Celtic’s latest transfer target. (Photo by Romain Lafabregue/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

One name touted is Nice wantaway Romain Perraud, who the Bhoys are reportedly interested in.

He will command a fee which will take a chunk from the potential Tierney fee.

However, it will mean Gutman probably stays put back home.

The club will also need to sort visa issues and all that entails which may make his move more difficult. Nevertheless, the club appear to have a good player on their hands.