Andrew Gutman posts on Instagram after Celtic exit

By David Walton

March 10, 2021

Celtic left-back Andrew Gutman has confirmed his move away from Parkhead with an Instagram message on his “new challenges”.

The USA defender was signed by Brendan Rodgers back in January 2019. The former Chicago Fire youth player was part of a joint-announcement in which the Hoops confirmed the signing of right-back Manny Perez.

However, whilst the latter is still on-loan with North Carolina, Gutman’s permanent departure has now been confirmed. It was first revealed on the MLS website last night that Atlanta United had signed him and sent him straight on loan to New York Red Bulls.

It comes after Gutman failed to make any appearances for Celtic in a two-year spell that’s been plagued with issues surrounding obtaining a work permit.

However, the player himself also moved to confirm his switch last night as he outlined his excitement on Instagram:

Andrew Gutman showed promising pre-season signs, but permanent USA return is for the best

Gutman actually shone in pre-season under Neil Lennon back in the summer of 2019. He looked decent in the 6-1 routing of Pinkafeld and went on to make appearances against Wiener Sport-Club and St Gallen. However, when the club came back to Scotland for a pre-season friendly vs Rennes, he was nowhere to be seen.

Back in May, Gutman confirmed work permit issues had gotten in the way of his Parkhead development. However, he stated that he dreamed of playing at Celtic Park “every day” [Glasgow Times].

Yet you can’t argue with his progress. Over the last two years in loan spells with Charlotte Independence and FC Cincinnati, Gutman has gone on to play 45 times [Transfermarkt]. Given he hasn’t been capped by the USA as well as his lack of senior appearances when he signed, it’s no wonder his work permit had become an issue.

Former Celtic defender Andrew Gutman / (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

But a move back to the United States looks like the best solution for all concerned. At 24 years of age, he’s no longer a youngster. It’s time for him to start realising whatever potential he has. The only way he’ll do that is by earning consistent minutes.

That never looked like happening at Celtic. And with Atlanta United signing him permanently, it gives him some security for the long-term. He’ll know after spending the season with Cincinnati last year that he has what it takes to play at MLS level.

Here’s hoping he starts to thrive back in his homeland. But it’s been clear for some time that it was never going to work for him in Scotland.

In other news, the Celtic supporters absolutely loved the fight shown by their club last night.