It was January last year when Celtic declared they had signed both Andrew Gutman and Manny Perez with an ‘eye to the future’.
It appeared to be a new tactic by Lee Congerton, to sign up players who would not be coming in straight away but would be under contract to Celtic.
As we know, Lee has left the building, along with the manager Brendan Rodgers. This leaves the two US stars in a position where the current crop of coaches and head scout no very little about them.
Gutman was loaned to Charlotte Independence but then would get an MLS move to FC Cincinnati while Manny Perez would get a move to lower league side North Carolina and it’s just been announced he has re-signed on loan for another season.
Andrew came in this summer and Celtic took a look at him in pre-season. Manny was supposed to do the same but an injury forced the player to stay home in the US and recover. With Celtic seemingly needing work permits to bring the bhoys in full time, a lot of this hinges on international appearances.
Gutman looks on the right track and has been part of a couple of provisional US squads without making the final cut. Perez looks so far from that, it looks doubtful it could happen for the right-back/winger.
There’s an outside chance we could see Andrew in at some point playing a competitive game for the Hoops but both transfers at this point look like a waste of time and a policy which has been abandoned since Congerton left and Hammond came in.