Andrew Gutman set to be Celtic's fourth winter signing according to Chicago chief executive

By daniel.cole

January 14, 2019

Andrew Gutman is set to be Celtic’s fourth winter signing after a club competing for his signature conceded defeat to the Scottish champions.

Chicago Fire were hoping to make the Illinois born full back their homegrown talent in next season’s MLS.

However, their chief executive admitted the left-back rejected their advances in order to sign for Celtic.

Gutman was a successful college player in his homeland. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Nelson Rodriguez, confirmed the left back has chosen Celtic as his first professional club.

“Andrew was offered a contract, but chose not to accept it,” Rodriguez said.

“Instead he has decided to go to Celtic. So good luck to him.”

With Chicago conceding defeat in the chase for Gutman’s signature, it appears his move to Celtic will be finalised imminently.

Gutman has shone in the US college system. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

The left back scored 11 goals and created another nine in just 23 games for his collegiate team this year.

He won the prestigious MAC Hermann trophy, given to the best collegiate player in the country.

The defender spent time on trial at Rangers last month, and it appears he has chosen Glasgow as his next move.

However, the American will be signing for rivals Celtic instead and will more than likely join the club’s development squad.

Despite being 22 years old, Gutman has yet to make a professional appearance.

Brendan Rodgers has been a busy man so far this year. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic getting business done

We’re only entering the third week of the year and Celtic have been extremely active in the transfer market.

Gutman would net Celtic their fourth winter signing. He follows Oliver Burke, Timothy Weah and Vakoun Issouf Bayo.

Although Gutman will provide cover at left-back, his inexperience may delay his introduction to the first team.

The next two and a half weeks are sure to be busy for the Celtic recruitment team. Celtic need to make another two signings, preferably defensive ones.