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‘FORGOTTEN MAN’ RETURNS TO CELTIC

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ANDREW GUTMAN, the American defender was has become the forgotten man at Celtic, is on his way back to the club.

And the versatile full-back, who can operate on both flanks, is hoping to impress boss Neil Lennon in training at Lennoxtown.

Gutman, who is on loan at MLS side FC Cincinnati, has a month to show what he can do following the conclusion of his temporary team’s season.

The 23-year-old, who was signed by Brendan Rodgers in January, does not expect to feature in the first-team squad, although there could be an opportunity to turn out for the development side

He told the Cincinnati website : “Right now, I’m planning on going back to Celtic and training for a month until around December.

“After that I’ll take a few weeks off to hang around with my family.

“They’re definitely in-season, but they have such a big squad. So, the guys that aren’t in the squad for the games will have training sessions.

“I’ll have a good stint of training with them just to get back in front of their faces and show them my qualities again.

“I’ve been through two pre-seasons this year, so I definitely need to give my body a break at some point.

AMERICAN DREAM…Andrew Gutman is interviewed for the Cincinnati YouTube channel.

“But I think, with two and a half months until our next pre-season here, I definitely want to continue just a little bit longer if I can then hopefully get six weeks off to regenerate.”

Gutman signed for the Hoops alongside countryman Manny Perez on transfer deadline day at the turn of the year before being loaned to Charlotte Independence in the USL Championship.

He joined the squad for pre-season, including the summer tour of Austria and featured in friendly matches.

Gutman added: “It’s been good, it was a big step in my career. I played in the USL and did well there, went back and did well in pre-season at Celtic.

“Coming here, it was a good opportunity for me to get games at a high level and I think I’ve done well so far.

“The main thing is contributing to as many games as I can and getting positive results. And then, obviously, showing well for myself and the team.”

It looked as though there could have been an early recall for the versatile American. Boss  Lennon was faced with FOUR full-backs leaving the champions as right-sided defenders Mikael Lustig and Christian Gamboa quit at the end of their contracts.

Emilio Izaguirre, stand-by at left-back, also moved on when his deal expired and then fans’ favourite Kieran Tierney was lured to Arsenal in a record-breaking £25million switch on transfer deadline day.

However, there was no SOS to Gutman with Lennon bringing in Hatem Abd Elhamed, Mortiz Bauer, Jeremie Frimpong. Boli Bolingoli and Greg Taylor for the last-four berths.

The Irishman, though, will be running the rule over the player at Lennoxtown in the next four weeks.

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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