FC Cincinnati in discussions to keep Celtic's Andrew Gutman in MLS

By John McGinley

November 9, 2020

FC Cincinnati are in discussions with Celtic player Andrew Gutman about his future at the club, as the MLS regular season draws to a close.

Cincy announced via their official website what intent they have with regards to several first-team players whos contracts and deals are set to end.

On Gutman specifically, they said: “The club is in current negotiations and discussions with Andrew Gutman, Joseph-Claude Gyau, Nick Hagglund, Caleb Stanko and Przemysław Tytoń about their futures with FC Cincinnati.”

The defender signed for Celtic in January 2019 but was immediately sent abroad because of work permit issues, featuring for Charlotte Independence and FC Cincinnati.

He has also trained at Lennoxtown on occasion between seasons across the Atlantic.

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It’s unclear what Celtic’s plans for him are, though his contract doesn’t expire until 2022, so there is plenty of time to make a decision.

Cincy apparently fancy keeping him around in Ohio, but it will surely depend on his work permit situation.

Gutman played 21 times for the MLS outfit in 2020 and has, at times, won rave reviews from supporters.

It would be interesting to see how he’d get on in the Celtic squad, where Greg Taylor and loan player Diego Laxalt are his immediate competition for starting spots in Neil Lennon’s team.

Celtic loanee Andrew Gutman / (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

In 2019, midway through his loan to Cincinnati in the MLS off-season, the 24-year-old came to Scotland and trained with the first-team for a month.

If the same happens again this year, it’ll be a great chance for the manager to check out his progress.

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