Celtic defender Andrew Gutman involved in £50k deal

By Connor Gordon

August 2, 2019

Celtic defender Andrew Gutman is subject to a $50,000 MLS rights deal.

FC Cincinnati have agreed the deal with his former club Chicago Fire.

The deal will allow Cincinnati to put him down as a ‘homegrown player’ for league rules.

If Gutman is added to the squad and he meets certain criteria, Cincinnati could pay another $150,000.

The head scratching ‘homegrown rights’ is better described here.

Celtic left-back Andrew Gutman in right deal

The American is involved in a complicated money move for those outside MLS.

A draft allows youth players to go out to other teams if they haven’t played for at least a year in the current club’s academy.

Andrew Gutman playing University football. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

As Gutman hasn’t done so, they need to buy his rights to avoid losing him to the draft.

A fee of $50,000 was paid by Cincinnati for Gutman and Chicago Fire’s draft selection.

The official site says the club could also send a further $150,000 to Chicago if Gutman matches specific criteria.

Cincinnati will also get part of any fee if Gutman is transferred in MLS.

The homegrown rights are in the league to give opportunities for local players in the league.

Andrew Gutman holding off an attacker. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

However, Cincinnati shouldn’t be counting their chickens so soon over the new deal.

Gutman is already showing that he is a potential starter at Celtic in future.

Andrew Gutman will compete at Celtic

Neil Lennon got a good look at the 22-year-old during pre-season.

The American youth international played a couple of games for The Bhoys in Austria and Switzerland. He was a player with a good engine who likes to get forward.

Boli Bolingoli will be challenged by Andrew Gutman at Celtic. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

His positioning is a little slack but Gutman proved he is more of a wing-back. Gutman’s attacking brain can’t be sniffed at nor can his immense pace.

The Bhoys have just bought Boli Bolingoli from Rapid Vienna. However, when Gutman gets back, Bolingoli will have competition for his place.