USA football looks set to have a fine Celtic connection this season

By David Walton

January 12, 2020

When it comes to USA football, it looks as though we’re set to have a decent Celtic connection there this season.

The news of Lewis Morgan’s move to Inter Miami will have come as a surprise to many. Whilst the deal has yet to be completed, the player and the club have apparently agreed terms on a permanent move (Daily Mail).

And what the deal will do is add to a growing list of former Celtic-connected professionals who have moved over Stateside.

Lewis Morgan is set to depart for Inter Miami (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Morgan’s move, should it go through, will come just weeks after former Hoops boss Ronny Deila secured the position of New York City FC head coach. Deila, who helped secure title number four and five of the current eight-in-a-row run for Celtic, will manage an MLS club for the first time this season.

Ronny will also have noticed a familiar face when he went into the New York dressing room. Gary Mackay-Steven made the move to the Big Apple back in June. So far during his time with NYC, Mackay-Steven has been in and out of the side, but will be looking to be given a larger role in the upcoming MLS season by his old Celtic boss.

What about Gutman and Perez?

As well as that, we have our very own Andrew Gutman who’s getting prepared for another MLS campaign with FC Cincinnati. The American-born youngster spent the second half of the last campaign with his new club but finished at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Andrew Gutman will continue his development with Cincinnati this season (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Manny Perez was on loan with North Carolina in the USL last season, but there hasn’t been much said about him since his return. Don’t be surprised if he ends up back in his homeland considering how far out of the picture he seems to be in Glasgow. With the new season starting in March, there’s plenty of time for him to seal a move back home.

And then there’s self-admitted Celtic fan Johnny Russell, who continues to light things up in the USA with the Kansas City Wizards. Russell was recently spotted partying with Celtic fans in Rome after our heroic 2-1 win in Lazio back in November (Daily Record).

Johnny Russell still has ambitions of playing for Celtic one day (Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Russell ended last season’s MLS campaign in a poor 11th placed finish. He’ll be hoping for a much more productive campaign this time around. He’s always been vocal about wanting to play for Celtic (Scottish Sun), and it’ll be worth keeping an eye on him.

So there will certainly be a few reasons to keep tabs on the MLS for Celtic fans this season. Hopefully, all of those with a Parkhead connection have a successful campaign.