Celtic loanee Andrew Gutman earns USA call-up

By Connor Gordon

May 21, 2019

Celtic loanee Andrew Gutman has made the USA preliminary squad for this year’s Gold Cup.

The American, playing at Charlotte Independence, makes his first squad appearance since joining the Hoops.

Although he’s playing in the second tier of his nation’s game, this hasn’t deterred manager Gregg Berhalter.

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The athletic left-back has had a strong start to his USL season with Charlotte Independence.

Andrew Gutman is an athletic left-back. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Fans have been able to view all his games online to see what he’s getting up to.

Clips have shown him to be a fast and direct attacking full-back with pace to burn and excellent feet.

The 22-year-old has been rewarded for these early performances with a national team call-up.

However, the newbie will have plenty of competition on his hands to make the full squad.

Gutman is on-loan at Charlotte for an indefinite amount of time.

The US call-up will help ease the Hoops’ potential visa worries once he is set for a return to Glasgow.

Gutman and fellow countryman Manny Perez signed long-term deals in January with the club.

Andrew Gutman in his university days. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

This said, Gutman isn’t the only Bhoy who has a chance of making the Concacaf Gold Cup this year.

Gutman joins Izaguirre and Gamboa

Two other Celts will be playing Gold Cup football with Emilio Izaguirre and Cristian Gamboa also on their national team rosters.

They are essentially Gutman’s Celtic competition as they are squad player full-backs.

Izaguirre and Gamboa are veterans for Honduras and Costa Rica, so a call-up isn’t the most surprising.

Emilio Izaguirre playing for Honduras. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Both players have failed to break into the Celtic team since signing their latest contracts.

Mikael Lustig has failed to budge for anyone and Kieran Tierney’s injury has allowed Jonny Hayes to step in.

Izaguirre and Gamboa will probably seek their Celtic exit in due course.

Nevertheless, having three Celts at the Gold Cup will make the tournament more exciting for Glaswegians.