Latest Celtic departure is strange, but shouldn't put club off MLS market
Celtic officially announced another departure today.
Manny Perez, signed alongside Andrew Gutman in January 2019 [Sky Sports], spoke passionately about wanting to play for the Bhoys at Celtic Park. Ultimately, the Celtic dream for him and his American colleague Gutman will not be met, with Perez taking off to Portland.
The Bhoys announced this latest departure in a rather blunt manner earlier today.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 27, 2021
It’s an odd series of events. For Celtic to sign two American players, both highly-rated at College level, then never play them competitively. Earlier, we discussed whether it was a PR stunt that went awry. Seemingly, there was no foresight in terms of work permits, nor a progression to the first-team.
While the majority of supporters won’t lose any sleep, given that they didn’t see Perez play, it’s still a shame. Clearly in love with the club, and as a player who specialised in a problem area for Celtic, the MLS-bound utility man was never given a fair shot at Paradise.
Celtic supporters react to latest transfer news
Needless to say, the board didn’t come out of this looking particularly great.
Big clubs make signings that don’t work out, and that’s just how it is. However, the nature of Celtic’s recruitment over the last few years means that supporters are right to question what happened here.
Another superb Lawwell signing
— mh 🏴 (@MH67____) April 27, 2021
Someone needs to tell him 🙁 pic.twitter.com/FMC3igiTVz
— Judging EBTs:guilty (@AitkensDrum) April 27, 2021
We hardly knew yi!
— ciarán. (@NotoriousBAG_) April 27, 2021
Absolute waste of time & £
— AB8™ (@AB8_) April 27, 2021
only the 18 hours late
— Matthew (@matthewd67) April 27, 2021
This and Gutman were clearly more about the commercial aspect in the US. Struggling in both full back positions and neither called upon.
— Gordon (@Stormtrooper73) April 27, 2021
Another testament to our cohesive recruitment strategy.
Scattergun and hope for the best.
How about giving our youths a chance?
— Tony Jabroni (@LordAlHayes) April 27, 2021
— Damon Weir (@DamonW44) April 27, 2021
This must be the most pointless signing of the last decade at least.
— Patrick (@56thAndPark) April 27, 2021
what’s the point in signing these american players when we can’t play them and eventually punt them? very strange transfer policy.
— scott (@67scotia) April 27, 2021
Give him and Gutmann the send-offs they deserve by releasing a tribute Dairy Milk bar!
— call me on my (@spunkphonee) April 27, 2021