Report: Juan Agudelo to Celtic



In a move that seem premeditated ever since he went on trial there, Sky Sports reporting this morning (and Juan Agudelo RT’ing their tweet) that US forward Juan Agudelo is set to make a move to Scottish top of the table expert Celtic.

With the management situation at Chivas USA always being dicey, a need to play frequently against physical competition and Celtic thinning their forward ranks through reps in the Champion’s League, this is an excellent opportunity for Agudelo to jump to Celtic and then springboard Eastward, if it in fact materializes.

19 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by PFOJ on 2013/01/11 at 9:10 AM

    “this is an excellent opportunity for Agudelo to jump to Celtic and then springboard Eastward, if it in fact materializes.”

    Eastward from Glasgow? Hibernian?


  2. Posted by Nick on 2013/01/11 at 10:36 AM

    Like you said on Twitter, good move for Agudelo because of the increased competition and exposure. We’ll see if he’s really got the chops to do this day-in and day-out at a European club.


  3. Posted by Jeffrey on 2013/01/11 at 12:41 PM

    Any minute now we should be hearing the chants of “the SPL is a step down from the MLS”, you hear it every time US players are rumored to go to Celtic or Rangers (pre 2012 issues). Personally I happy and excited if this happens and he’s able to get some actual playing time on a team that’s going to be tacking on Juventus in a few weeks. Not a bad move at all.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/01/11 at 12:47 PM

      This would be a terrific move for Agudelo. Celtic know what they’re doing about umpteenth times more than Chivas USA.

      Gets to learn from Stokes, Samaras, Hooper.

      Plus sneaky benefit of playing on a team that is dominant in their league so he should get a good supply of passes and be in position to score…if he plays.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2013/01/11 at 5:43 PM

        He will hopefully benefit from the increased intensity and scrutiny. Not sure if any of you have been to Glasgow, but it’s not exactly the European Capital of Culture. Glasgow is one of the most football-centric cities I have been to. Time to sink or swim.


        • Posted by dth on 2013/01/12 at 11:18 PM

          I kind of like Glasgow, though I preferred Edinburgh. Weather sucks though, no doubt about it.


    • Posted by krazymunky on 2013/01/11 at 1:58 PM

      Overall SPL might be a step down from the MLS…however you get more exposure (to other potential suitors in Europe) compared to playing in the US.


    • Posted by dth on 2013/01/11 at 4:58 PM

      Champions League experience makes up for it, and as matthew says, Celtic know what they’re doing and Chivas USA clusters the f*ck as well as anyone anywhere.

      That said, if a guy were, we’ll say, considering going from Houston to, like, Hibs or something I’d yell at him.


      • You mean Houston to Ross County right? *Hainault*

        Before the Cummings trade, Agudelo might have been a good fit in Houston. I might have even preferred him over Cummings, but he definitely would have had to prove he’s willing to do the work and track back on defense. He might have even been able to perform up top or on the left wing (to replace Kandji). Kandji is what made the 4-3-3 tick and that would have been a great opportunity for Agudelo.

        The only problem I have with this move is that it is a good move for him. I would have hoped that by now MLS would be at a point where that wasn’t the case, but it’s hard to argue with Champions League play.


  4. Posted by dude on 2013/01/11 at 12:45 PM

    Thank.. God. I wish every young talent a speedy exit from Chivas, they’re an unmitigated disaster. SPL is not much different from MLS, but Celtic is in the champions league and would be great exposure for Juan, and wouldn’t hurt his chances for playing elsewhere in Europe.


  5. Posted by Nelson on 2013/01/11 at 2:29 PM

    Saw him play in person and thought he had potential to go far…hoping he gets in the zone and becomes useful for WCQ.


  6. Posted by Kevin on 2013/01/11 at 4:27 PM

    Is Juan Agudelo going to celtic or is it rumours as usual


  7. Posted by Greg on 2013/01/11 at 7:26 PM

    This would be a fantastic move for him. The SPL might not be the best league in the world but he will be playing for one of the biggest teams in the world where the pressure is intense, he will be playing for a team in that he simply must perform and win. Its the perfect club to grow as a footballer and a person and a perfect stepping stone for him to stay at for two or three years and if he does well will get a big money move to a club in the English Premiership or another one of the big European leagues. Not to mention Celtic have a Champions League last 16 game against Juventus in February with the possibility of getting to the last 8 of the competition. He will be playing in a team in that all of the players in the squad are internationals so he can only improve. Celtic have shown recently by beating Barcelona, the only team to do so this season, that they have an excellent young team with a promising young manager that plays open and attacking football.


    • Posted by Greg on 2013/01/11 at 7:38 PM

      An example for him is Celtic’s 21 year old Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama. Celtic signed him from a small club in Belgium just over a year ago for $1.4 million. Since he has signed he has been tremendous and has been a stand out player in the Champions League. He has recently been included in a list of the best players in europe this year and is hotly tipped to sign for either Manchester Utd, Man City or Arsenal at the end of the season for over $24 million.

      The exposure of the Champions League is massive. There is no doubt if Agudelo does well for Celtic in the Champions League, some massive clubs will be looking to sign him.


      • Posted by Joe on 2013/01/12 at 10:40 AM

        As an American Celtic supporter I know a lot about the player and the club. Juan is a talent for the future, there is absolutely no way a striker who scored 3 goals in the MLS last season is going to go directly into a last 16 Champions League squad, especially since Juventus are overwhelming favorites and Celtic will most likely play with one striker up front (Gary Hooper). That said, if Juan is patient the CL exposure for current Celtic players is bound to bring interest and departures so he could definitely get his chance next season and your point about players like Wanyama is valid so I still think it would be a good move for him.


        • Posted by Greg on 2013/01/13 at 9:31 AM

          I agree it would be very unlikely he would get game time against Juventus. I was referring to more in the future.

          The SPL has been a league in which U.S. internationalists have tended to struggle. Of the U.S. players to succeed in the SPL I would say only Claudio Reyna has been a success. The other players – Maurice Edu, Alejandro Bedoya, DeMarcus Beasly and at times Carlos Bocanegra have all struggled. I think this is an example to U.S. soccer fans that the SPL is a better, more challenging league than they think.


        • Posted by Hal on 2013/01/14 at 10:27 PM

          i agree that Juan likely won’t make any Celtic CL roster this year. But I wouldn’t put a lot of stock in that 3 goal number. Strikers need service and the service at Chivas was horrendous.


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