Celtic loanee Andrew Gutman last night notched his third senior goal for Charlotte Independence against Birmingham Legion.

The USA star signed for the Hoops back in January before being loaned out to Charlotte almost immediately. He had managed two goals in 12 appearances before last night. However, Gutman produced a fine finish from a corner as he opened the scoring in Charlotte’s 4-1 victory on the night.

The Independence were also starting off a new managerial reign too. Former Celtic coach Jim McGuinness was sacked earlier on in the week. Mike Jeffries took control of the USL side in his first match on Saturday night.

And it will certainly help Gutman that he’s managed to score in the new manager’s debut. You can watch the finish below.

 

Gutman has previous strikes against Indy Eleven and Bethlehem Steel to his name too. He certainly appears to be growing nicely in the USL, and has become a mainstay of the Charlotte XI ever since he joined the club.

The strike against Birmingham Legion, however, is a further boost for Gutman in a fine last few weeks. The USA left-back may have been left out of the final cut for the Gold Cup squad, but the fact he made the provisional one shows how highly he’s rated at international level. Considering he hasn’t played a single minute of football in the MLS, and that this is his first year as a professional, it’s a fine achievement to be in the discussion.

Will Celtic recall?

Celtic, as we all know, are in desperate need of some cover at left-back. Kieran Tierney is the only natural one available, albeit Jonny Hayes can also deputise there if necessary.

Andrew Gutman is improving nicely at Charlotte Independence (Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

It’s easy to say that we’re best leaving him the USA because he wouldn’t get in ahead of Tierney. However, if everything goes well, we’ll have KT at Parkhead for a long time, so it will be up to Gutman to show us what he’s all about at some point. And, inevitably, that will mean a direct battle with Tierney.

Gutman isn’t scheduled to come back to Parkhead until February, given he signed on a year-long loan deal. But the Hoops do have the option to recall him this summer. As of yet, there has been no sign of Celtic doing that just yet.

Tierney may have some direct competition in Gutman (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Either way, Gutman will just go about his business. He’s in fine form in the USA, and is clearly enjoying his football. But if Celtic are content to keep him there, we need to find another solution to our left-back shortage.

As for Gutman, his third senior goal is yet another string to his bow, as he continues to prove that he’s a goalscoring left-back.

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