Former Celtic fan-favourite Emilio Izaguirre has revealed why he was fined £600 in the first two of his nine years in Glasgow.
The Honduran played for the Hoops in two different spells. His first period at the club came under Neil Lennon when he was signed from Montagua in 2010. He would go on to secure 10 trophies with us before leaving in 2017. Yet he was back one year later clocked another league title and Scottish Cup to his name.
Yet, despite the fact that the Honduran was a key man in his first spell in particular, he still found himself on the end of two fines for the exact same “offence” in his first two Christmases with the club.
And speaking in comments published by Diez in his homeland, Emilio said the following about his fines:
“In December they always did the Christmas party, they were going to take three days. In almost nine years there I never went to one.
“The first two years I was fined £600 for not going.”
Perhaps the most bizarre fine there is
Fining a player for not wanting to attend what is effectively an informal social event like a Christmas party is a tad odd. Some may feel otherwise of course.
It’s interesting though that Izzy has stated that he never went to one but was only fined for the first two years. Perhaps that shows that the club ended up seeing some sense regarding the matter.
Izaguirre, remember, was a terrific servant to Celtic. No complaints, very little poor performances, and absolutely no drama or front-page headlines from him. He left absolutely adored by the supporters for that work-rate and mental strength.
It’s a shame that his return to the club back in the summer of 2018 didn’t work out. Izzy had clearly lost some of his pace, and despite his continued desire to charge forward, he was often caught out when tracking back. Valencia at home in the Europa League comes to mind.
But say his name to any Celtic supporter and it would be nothing but good things that would likely be coming out of their mouths. He over-exceeded expectations, and perhaps it was that loyalty to the club that made Celtic tone down on those fines.
Not that £600 would burn a big hole in any Celtic first-team hero’s pocket. It’s doubtful that Izzy would’ve been in his overdraft at the end of those first two years! Regardless, it’s always nice to hear him reminisce about the club, irrespective of how bizarrely.