Former Celtic star Emilio Izaguirre insists he’d still be at the club today had he not been embroiled in a dispute with his agent, The Scottish Sun report.
The Honduran veteran had two spells at the club between 2010 and 2019, first signing under Neil Lennon and eventually leaving at the end of the 2018/19 season after the Celtic boss had returned to the club.
However, he claims that the Hoops were prepared to have him in the squad for years, also stating that if it had been up to him, he’d still be plying his trade in Scotland too.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Izaguirre said: “A serious situation happened to me in Scotland and that’s why I returned. I would have stayed at Celtic and my aim was to remain in Glasgow for many years and Celtic wanted me to stay.
“But I had a tax problem because of the agent from Colombia who cheated me. I trusted the agent and he scammed me. I had to pay over £300,000.
“So I had to tell Celtic I was returning to my country and I have enjoyed it back at Motagua.”
It was reported by The Herald last summer that Izaguirre had been offered a contract extension by Lennon and the club, which certainly backs up his version of events.
It’s a shame that because of external reasons the left-back could not continue in Glasgow, even though he eventually had a diminished role due to the emergence of Kieran Tierney.
Could the 34-year-old left-back have provided competent competition for Boli Bolingoli and Greg Taylor over the last 12 months?
Given Lennon opted for Jonny Hayes on plenty of occasions as an alternative to those two, some may argue yes.
Izaguirre also had an attacking ambition that may have suited Lennon’s eventual 3-5-2 formation.
Having made over 270 appearances in total for the Hoops, the Honduran will be remembered as one of the big contributors to our nine-in-a-row run.
Now though it seems certain he’s played his last game for the club, despite his obvious affinity for life at Celtic Park.