Chicago Fire director discusses whether Andrew Gutman will join Celtic

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates at full time during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between St Johnstone and Celtic at McDiarmid Park at  on February 5, 2017 in Perth,...

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic are expected to announce the signing of Andew Gutman this week.

Andrew Gutman #15 of Indiana University pushes the ball down field against Stanford University during the Division I Men's Soccer Championship held at Talen Energy Stadium on December 10,...

It seems it is not just Rangers who have been left frustrated by Andrew Gutman’s impending move to Celtic.

As reported by the American Soccer Now, the 22-year-old left-back spent time on trial at Ibrox over the festive period and was even offered a contract by the Glasgow giants. But, in a shock twist, Gutman is now set to join Rangers’ Old Firm rivals’ Celtic and could be unveiled this week, the Daily Record claims.

Like Steven Gerrard’s side, Chicago Fire also offered a contract to the highly-rated American, who was eligible to sign for the MLS outfit as a homegrown player on the back of his impressive performances for Indiana University.

 

But, speaking to the Daily Record, Chicago Fire’s director Nelson Rodriguez has admitted that Gutman turned them down.

"Andrew was offered a contract but chose not to accept it,” Rodriguez said.

"Instead he decided to go with the offer from Celtic so good luck to him."

Bryce Marion #7 of Stanford University and Andrew Gutman #15 of Indiana University battle for position during the Division I Men's Soccer Championship held at Talen Energy Stadium on...

It will be interesting to see what sort of role Gutman will have at Celtic, who have no shortage of left-backs. Kieran Tierney should remain Brendan Rodgers’ first-choice with Gutman seemingly set to challenge Emiliano Izaguirre and Jonny Hayes for a place in reserve.

The defender will be the second fresh-faced USA starlet to join Celtic this month, following in the footsteps of PSG loanee Timothy Weah.

Timothy Weah of Paris St. Germain celebrates after scoring his team`s third goal during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and SM Caen at Parc des Princes on August 12, 2018 in...

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