Celtic winger Manny Perez will play at North Carolina FC for the second season in a row after his loan switch was confirmed by the American club on Wednesday evening.

The 20-year-old was signed by Celtic last January alongside Andrew Gutman, but work permit issues meant they had to immediately be sent out on loan (Daily Rec0rd).

Perez spent the 2019 USL Championship season at North Carolina last year, making 23 appearances and assisting five times.

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Able to play on the right flank from defence to attack (Transfermarkt), the N.C. State graduate will again be looking to help his team into the playoffs and  this time win the second-tier trophy in American ‘soccer’.

Head coach Dave Sarachan seems delighted to have secured his services again, telling his club’s website: “I felt that Manny really grew from the very beginning of the year to the end as a professional.

 

“He had some injuries that sort of set him back, but I think he’ll have a much better starting point leading into our season compared to a year ago. He has a lot of ability that will hopefully come out.”

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Celtic player Manny Perez

Celtic player Manny Perez / (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Perez has been capped at multiple age groups with the US national team up to and including their U23 side.

Whether he ever makes it at Celtic, or even has the ability to play for us, remains to be seen but at least he is in a good football environment familiar to him that should help him improve further.

It was said by the Hoops when he was announced as a signing that he was one for the future.

With his contract not expiring until the summer of 2022, he has plenty of time to make an impact in Glasgow.

North Carolina kick off their 2020 USL campaign on March 7th at home to Louisville City.

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