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American defenders Andrew Gutman and Manny Perez have signed 3½-year contracts with Celtic.

Both were immediately loaned Thursday to second-tier United Soccer League Championship for the 2019 season. Gutman was sent to Nashville and Perez to North Carolina.

Gutman is a 22-year-old who was a senior at Indiana and won the Hermann Trophy as the top men’s college soccer player last year. He was a member of the Chicago Fire’s youth academy and trained with Rangers, Celtic’s Glasgow rival.

Perez is a 19-year-old right back who was a sophomore at North Carolina State. He played for the U.S. at last year’s CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.


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