Confirmed: Celtic-linked Ryan Gauld completes move to Vancouver Whitecaps

By David Walton

August 1, 2021

Reported Celtic target Ryan Gauld has had a move to MLS outift Vancouver Whitecaps confirmed.

Gauld was said to have been watched by Celtic over the summer by MLS reporter for Transfermarkt Manuel Veth. It was reported by STV earlier this year that Gauld had as many as 30 offers to consider.

This came after a brilliant nine-goal season in the Portuguese top-flight with SC Farense. The attacking midfielder managed to make 34 appearances last term before his contract in Portugal came to an end [Transfermarkt].

But unfortunately, his next move won’t be to Parkhead. Whilst it’s unclear whether an offer was on the table from Celtic, Gauld has chosen the MLS.

At 25, the move will likely raise some eyebrows given he’s still young enough to make an impact in Europe. In the club’s official announcement of the player, who signed a three-year deal, Gauld stated he felt wanted by Vancouver.

Ryan Gauld makes Vancouver Whitecaps move, Celtic switch never looked likely

There wasn’t one point in Gauld’s transfer saga over the summer where he looked likely to join the Bhoys. Even though Celtic should’ve been all over it, it never looked likely.

We won’t ever know for certain whether the Hoops put a bid in either. It’s not something the club is going to come out and admit their failure in. But it’s a touch disappointing nevertheless.

You can’t say Celtic don’t need some fresh competition in the number 10 spot. David Turnbull is becoming too heavily relied upon and he’s struggling with that burden at the moment. Ryan Christie has previously failed to look convincing when given the role either.

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Outside of that, we don’t have enough options. Tom Rogic would be a contender, but he’s regressed far too much. We’re now at the stage where serious questions need asked of his Celtic future.

There are definitely more pressing concerns than the number 10 position of course. If Ange Postecoglou can get a more regular tune out of Turnbull, then at least we have a first-choice for the position. That’s more than can be said of the likes of the right-back and left-wing areas.

Regardless, Celtic have missed out on Gauld. Whether he was ever interested in a move back to Scotland? Only he will know.

In other news, Olivier Ntcham says his goodbyes to Celtic on Instagram