What to do about Gutman?

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Football is back! More to the point, Celtic is back and with a fine win against Pinkafeld, where our youth and prospects took centre stage alongside returning veteran Leigh Griffiths in a rout of the lower league Austrian outfit.

Since we had unlimited replacements in the friendly, our squad depth ran down the plucky Austrians in the second half as they withered in the heat, at the back throughout the second half was Andrew Gutman who played a flawless shift.

The Celtic TV commentators were talking about him imminently returning to the US to play and get some game time, however, with Celtic still threadbare at the back, if young Gutman can impress in another friendly he may well find himself maintained in the squad for the season proper.

Tony Ralston and Calvin Miller did nothing wrong and look set to battle out for the Right Back position with Gamboa, Toljan and Lustig no longer at the club, should Tierney leave (hope not) in the absence of Izaguirre you would think Miller or Hayes would be the stop gap until a replacement was signed.

We still haven’t replaced either Benkovic or Boyata and are lacking a versatile defender who can play Centre Half and on a flank, Gutman whilst low on experience is actually the best qualified on our books as things now stand.

Of course, we are all hoping to see additional faces over the next fortnight to give us the defensive strength to get us through our European qualifiers, but with Gutman both on our books and in our camp, we can do a lot worse than keep him at Paradise.

Should he struggle for game time or struggle during games then he can be farmed out on loan in January, but as things stand, we need all hands on deck in our defensive ranks, especially when a player shows his quality.