Celtic’s left-back area has been talked about fairly often quite recently, and you can understand why. It is no surprise that the club is finding it difficult to replace Kieran Tierney.
Tierney was a generational talent, and whoever followed in his footsteps was never going to have it easy.
The most recent candidate has been Greg Taylor, who has played quite well when called upon, However, he has also had some less than impressive games. As for Boli Bolingoli, he’ll probably never wear a Celtic strip again, and we all know the reason why.
Hoops reportedly on look-out for left-back
It is no shock to see that Sky Sports’ news editor Anthony Joseph disclose recently that a left-back is priority for the Hoops.
Celtic’s priority in this transfer window is now to sign a left-back.
But they would like to bolster their central defensive options, as well as adding a winger – if they can.
— Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) September 4, 2020
However, there is a player who is currently on-loan from Celtic who could the club solve the left-back issue in the future – Andrew Gutman.
Gutman, who has yet to play for Celtic, is currently on loan at MLS side FC Cincinnati. So far, he has been performing well. Indeed, 67HailHail reported just last month on praise he had received from Cincinnati fans on Twitter.
Gutman, who is 23, has made 10 appearances for Cincinnati so far in the pandemic interrupted US season. Now, he should be looking to maintain that level of performance that has won him admirers in Cincinnati. If he does, he could genuinely have a chance of making it at Celtic.
Space in squad when player inevitably departs
There will be at least one space in the Celtic squad for a left-back when Bolingoli inevitably leaves. That leaves, a prospective new signing and possibly one other player to battle it out for the left-back slot.
That player could be Gutman. Neil Lennon will have reports sent to him about the performances of the left-back. Should he play the best season of his career, then there is no reason for Celtic not to recall the player and give him a chance.
Celtic fans should keep paying attention to his progress, and who knows, Gutman could end up at Celtic Park in the next 12 months.