Cincinnati and Philadelphia draw 0-0 with three players Celtic fans may be interested in

By David Walton

September 24, 2020

Current Celtic-owned left-back Andrew Gutman last night came up against a duo linked with moves to Parkhead this summer – Mark McKenzie and Brenden Aaronson.

Gutman is currently on loan in the States, whilst Celtic have reportedly been keeping tabs on McKenzie (Sky Sports). The Daily Record believes that the Hoops have also scouted Aaronson this summer.

All three men have been absolutely thriving in the MLS this season, earning regular minutes and rave reviews from supporters.

Celtic defender Andrew Gutman / (Photo by Joe Petro/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

However, for the first time this season, all three started in the same match as Cincinnati and Philadelphia played out a 0-0 draw in Ohio.

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And, in a way, despite the draw, it was another victory for both Gutman and McKenzie in particular as both men managed to keep things tight and secure clean sheets for their respective clubs.

Stat-tracking website WhoScored actually rated the highest performer of the three to be Philadelphia’s McKenzie, who managed an overall score of 6.95 for his performance.

This included an impressive 85% passing percentage, but it was generally a quiet night for him. He only managed one tackle, two clearances, and one block. He also only committed one foul in the game.

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Current Celtic man Gutman was the next highest rated out of the players that will interest the Hoops. He managed a 6.78 ranking and had the highest number of touches out of everyone in the Cincinnati team.

He also had a much more busier night than McKenzie. WhoScored clocked him out with two tackles, two interceptions, and five clearances. All the while managing to not commit a single foul throughout the 90 minutes.

That will please Neil Lennon, as his American starlet continues to thrive against solid talent in the States.

Celtic-linked Brenden Aaronson (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

By far the biggest disappointment of the night was Aaronson. Recently linked with a move to Salzburg (MLS), he’ll have been looking to shine in this one.

However, WhoScored gave him a score of 6.23 – the third lowest in the Philadelphia team. The onus was on the attacking midfielder to light a spark, yet he didn’t manage a single shot and had the second lowest passing accuracy percentage in the starting XI – 67.9%.

Aaronson also only got 40 touches of the ball last night – the lowest of all of the Union’s outfield players who started the game. He’ll have looked to produce a lot more last night than what he did.

So McKenzie and Gutman will walk away from this one pleased with ther night’s work. Aaronsen, however, you would’ve expected a lot better from.

In other news, an English Premier League star has defended Celtic, and has claimed that he “always” keeps an eye on Parkhead.