Andrew Gutman deal surely spells the end for Emilio Izaguirre

By David Walton

January 15, 2019

Andrew Gutman is closing in on his move to Celtic, and that therefore spells bad news for Emilio Izaguirre.

The Honduran is currently the Hoops’ number two left-back. But recent clumsy performances, including the concession of a poor penalty up in Aberdeen, appears to have seen him demoted even further.

Against Rangers on December 29th, Rodgers decided to go without Izzy at Ibrox. Instead, Callum McGregor was put out-of-position to cover. That showed just how much the Honduran had fallen in Rodgers’ eyes. Even with no left-backs available, he still wasn’t selected.

Emilio Izaguirre has played his part at Celtic – now it’s time to say goodbye (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Chicago Fire have meanwhile stated that Gutman turned down a contract from them to join Celtic. You have to therefore expect that this deal will be announced imminently. You also have to wonder just how this effects Izaguirre too.

When he signed for the club for the second time in the summer, it was on a one-year contract. At this point, the contract won’t be renewed.

Celtic have cover for Tierney with Gutman’s arrival

Kieran Tierney will remain the number one left-back for as long as he stays in Glasgow. Izaguirre’s main purpose when he signed on was as cover. Gutman’s arrival now surely means that the Honduran isn’t needed anymore.

He’ll remain a popular figure among the supporters. The work he done for Neil Lennon in kick-starting Celtic’s run to a potential 10-in-a-row won’t be forgotten. Now, however, is the time to say goodbye to Izzy for good.

He’ll likely run down his contract until the end of the season. After that, however, there really is no need for the veteran.

Izaguirre was sensational under Neil Lennon (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s a shame how this association is likely to end. Izzy just hasn’t impressed upon his return. Making nine appearances since the comeback, he’s struggled to be consistent.

At 32-years of age, the defender deserves to see out his days playing regularly. With Tierney and Gutman there, however, Izaguirre wouldn’t feature unless there was an injury crisis.

It’s time for supporters to thank the Honduran and wish him all the very best for the rest of his career. For good this time.