Could a Celtic deal for Andrew Gutman still be on?

By David Walton

January 30, 2019

A deal for American left-back Andrew Gutman may not be totally dead yet, according to Roger Hannah of the Scottish Sun.

On Clyde 1’s Superscoreboard last night, the panel member and Sun journalist opened up on just what’s been going on with Gutman.

The American was last seen in the Hoops during a friendly defeat against Arbroath. Since then, however, there’s been no announcement or indication of when a deal was going to be announced.

Andrew Gutman hasn’t been seen by fans since the Arbroath defeat (Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

And Hannah finally revealed what’s been going on with the man who reportedly turned down Chicago Fire for Celtic. Speaking on Superscoreboard (29th January, 29:55), Hannah provided hope that a deal may not be dead yet.

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“The young full-back called Andrew Gutman. I think actually he was going to sign for Celtic, but it’s taken a slight hitch.

“There was talk of problems with the work permit. They’re hoping to iron it out between now and Thursday night when the window closes.

“He’s not quite a Celtic player yet, and I’m not sure he’ll become a Celtic player.”

Not as dead as we all thought

There had been plenty of reports about Gutman being close to a Celtic deal in the past few weeks. But since then, we’ve still heard nothing from the club.

That was of course followed up by reports stating that the deal was likely to be off. The issue appears to be his work permit as opposed to a change of heart from either party.

Emilio Izaguirre is Celtic’s only cover at left-back (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But this isn’t a deal we should give up on just yet. The club are seemingly still looking to try and sort the permit out, according to Hannah’s words. Therefore, it wouldn’t be overly-surprising if Celtic can come to some arrangement.

Celtic are still in need of some cover for left-back too. With Kieran Tierney still injured, Emilio Izaguirre is the only natural replacement at the moment. Callum McGregor and Jonny Hayes are both unfamiliar with the position.

But who knows? Perhaps we could still sign Gutman before the deadline tomorrow night.