Emilio Izaguirre set to leave Celtic this summer

By Hamish Carton

May 8, 2019

Emilio Izaguirre says he wants to leave Celtic this summer. The 32 year-old wants to play in the MLS next season so he can be closer to his home country Honduras.

Izaguirre revealed to the Daily Record that he’s been offered a new contract to stay in Glasgow next season but has to take everything into account.

He said: “I don’t know what I am going to do yet. I am discussing it with my family.

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“Neil Lennon has spoken to me and he wants me to remain at Celtic. But I want to be closer to Honduras when I play with the national team.

“I hope something comes up in the MLS for me. That’s the wish of me and my wife.”

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A bizarre signing

The move to bring the Honduran back to the club last summer did seem a strange one at the time. Izaguirre is well past his best and it would surely have made better sense to get someone fresh in. Kieran Tierney has been unable to play every game this season and Celtic could really have done with a top class deputy.

Signing Izaguirre was a backwards step by the club. It was the easy option when more extensive scouting could have brought about better results.

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It is crucial that Celtic don’t take the least line of resistance this summer when recruiting players. Gary Hooper was linked with a return to Celtic Park earlier this week. The goal machine wouldn’t necessarily be a bad signing but you do wonder if there are better options out there.

It is important that Celtic get back to finding gems like Izaguirre the first time, rather than the easy cop-out time when we brought him back to the club.