Report: Celtic-linked Ryan Gauld has verbally agreed to join MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps

By Euan Davidson

July 17, 2021

Celtic-linked Scottish midfielder Ryan Gauld has made a verbal agreement with MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Scotsman and Edinburgh News reporter Barry Anderson has stated that Gauld is close to signing for the MLS side for £1m per year, for three years. They’re certainly generous terms, which works out at just over £19k per week. It’s unlikely that the Bhoys would’ve offered the same money.

Forbes and Transfermarkt reporter Manuel Veth had stated that Celtic were keen to get a deal done for Gauld. However, it looks as if the “Scottish Messi” [Guardian] is on the verge of a move to the MLS.

Aberdeen-born Gauld enjoyed a fantastic 20-21, despite playing for a weak Farense side. The Scottish midfielder scored 9 and set up 7 goals in 33 games [Transfermarkt]. That led to calls for a Scotland nod for Euro 2020 [Daily Record]. Alas, it didn’t come.

With Celtic surely to lose Ryan Christie this transfer window, 67 Hail Hail have repeatedly called for Gauld. Still only 25, Gauld has already garnered fans on the continent, and looks to have no fears in moving to far-flung locales.

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Although David Turnbull, Tom Rogic and youngsters like Barry Coffey and Luca Connell represent options in the number 10 role, the adaptable Gauld could’ve really added some flair to this Celtic team.

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If Ryan Gauld had national team aspirations, an MLS move could be a risky choice

Just before we go into what this potential move could mean for Ryan Gauld, it’s important to remember a few attractive factors. Vancouver is regularly recognised as one of the best places to live in the world [Telegraph].

Furthermore, Gauld will be on very decent money, be essentially guaranteed first-team football, and play in what’s become a decent league.

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The MLS doesn’t necessarily need to prove itself to anyone, but there are myriad decent players, various noisy fanbases and some quality stadia to play in. Playing in North America doesn’t carry the same footballing stigma it used to.

However, it could be more difficult for Ryan Gauld to get into the Scotland team, if that is, indeed, what he wants. It’s more than possible the midfielder will feel slighted by his Euro 2020 snub.

Given the season he had, it’s not unfair to assume. As for Celtic’s interest, again, Gauld has shown no fear in going off the beaten track. For all Celtic might’ve been the “obvious” move to make from our perspective, it’s clear Gauld has different ideas. That’s if this deal is to be confirmed.

It’s a blow, and plenty of Celtic fans will feel we’re on the cusp of missing out big time. However, you can understand why he might fancy it.

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