Report: New York Red Bulls close to deal for Celtic defender Andrew Gutman

By John McGinley

March 9, 2021

New York Red Bulls are lining up a move for Celtic defender Andrew Gutman, SB Nation website Once A Metro has reported tonight.

Gutman, who has yet to play a match for the Bhoys due to work permit problems, spent last year on loan at Major League Soccer side FC Cincinnati.

Once A Metro report any Gutman move to Red Bulls would involve Celtic selling Gutman’s permanent rights to Atlanta United and MLS, before heading on loan to New York.

Gutman’s loan rights have already been acquired by Atlanta for the coming MLS campaign.

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The 24-year-old was once one of the top prospects emerging on the football scene in America. In 2018, he won the Hermann Trophy in recognition of his ability at college level.

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He was signed by Celtic in January 2019 alongside Manny Perez. However, the pair could not feature for the club and were sent back across the Atlantic to continue their development.

Gutman played 22 times for Cincinnati last term and earned plaudits for his hard-working performances.

It seems though that Celtic could be about to give up on him as a project and sell him on a permanent basis.

In fairness, work permit issues could still be causing a problem. He has still not won any caps with his national team.

It would have been nice to see what Gutman had to offer Celtic on the left flank but we’ll likely never know.

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

The future of that position is still unclear. Diego Laxalt is due to head back to AC Milan, the out-on-loan Boli Bolingoli is injured and Greg Taylor needs competition.

New York Red Bulls have already completed the signing of former Celtic youngster Cameron Harper ahead of the 2021 MLS season.

In other news, Inter Miami head coach Phil Neville has been talking up former Hoops winger Lewis Morgan.