CELTIC have cancelled Andrew Gutman’s Celtic return after they quickly found a new loan club for him in the United States.

According to the Charlotte Post, the Celtic player will play his football for Charlotte Independence going forward as the player looks to develop.

Gutman was originally supposed to be playing with MLS expansion side Nashville, but due to Chicago Fire holding his homegrown rights the MLS would not allow the move to go ahead.

Charlotte Independence play their football in the second tier of American football in the USL Championship and do not have to adhere to MLS rules.

Former Celtic coach Jim McGuinness is the head coach for the Charlotte club and there’s no doubt his Celtic link has landed him the left back signings.

Speaking about the move, Gutman said: “There is a good connection between Jim [McGuinness] the head coach here—he is a former Celtic coach,”

. “I decided this was the best way to get better and develop more and hopefully get back to Celtic, but at the same time, help Charlotte as much as I can, win as many games and play the best soccer we can.”

Jim McGuiness seemed thrilled to land Andrew and spoke very highly about him.

“A very good left foot, a very good left back. We are delighted to have him here. We think he is going to be a really good fit for our style of play and what we want to do. We want to be intense. We want to be aggressive. We want to try and get up the field, and make things happen a lot. He has a lot of the qualities that we are looking for in relation to that.”

Charlotte is currently enjoying their pre-season right now before the start of their season next month. We wish Andrew all the best; he’s in good hands.


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