The Andrew Gutman deal looks set to be confirmed within the next 24 hours, according to the Daily Record.
The USA left-back has already turned down a deal withe Chicago Fire. This leaves a clear path to Parkhead for the college graduate, who most recently played for the Indiana Hoosiers.
Only yesterday, Chicago’s General Manager Nelson Rodriguez confirmed Gutman would be heading to Celtic. This came after the MLS outfit resigned themselves to losing out on this one.
And it looks as though we finally have a definite time-frame for when to expect an announcement. Even then, there’s still likely to be another short wait before he’s paraded.
Gutman’s immediate role will surely be to come in and provide cover for Kieran Tierney. He also has Emilio Izaguirre there for competition, but this move spells bad news for the Honduran.
First-team or reserve man?
It’s unclear whether Gutman will drop down to the reserves and work with new coach Damien Duff immediately. At 22-years of age, however, it’s more likely Gutman’s roles are in the first-team squad.
Celtic also appear to have pipped rivals Rangers to this deal too. The Ibrox side had offered Gutman a contract after a trial there a couple of weeks ago. But that looks like it’s been convincingly rejected as he gets set to make his way to Parkhead instead.
The signing would be deal number four of what’s been a busy transfer window so far. Celtic have brought in Oliver Burke, Timothy Weah, and Vakoun Issouf Bayo this month. Gutman, however, will surely solve yet another issue of a lack of competition for Tierney.
Brendan Rodgers will also be looking to do one or two more deals before the end of the window.
Yaya Toure has been strongly linked with a move to Glasgow. Meanwhile, the right-back position is still an area the Hoops have to improve upon, with no new targets having been mentioned.