Former Celtic favourite Emilio Izaguirre appears to have retired after a post on Instagram.

The Honduran defender, who had two spells at the club between 2010 and 2018, is hanging up his boots after later spells at Motagua and Marathon in his homeland.

Injury issues recently have prevented him from making regular appearances and he has now left Marathon, apparently to call time on his long career.

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He said on his Instagram Stories: “Thank you my God for all your blessings, more than 19 years of football career, many titles, two World Cups and I know that many more good things are coming.”

The 36-year-old has since shared many of the well wishes he’s received from Celtic supporters on his Stories feed, wishing him well on his retirement.

The left-back is clearly enjoying the two-way relationship he built up during his time in Scotland.

Izaguirre made 271 appearances for the Bhoys, becoming a massive part of Neil Lennon and Ronny Deila successes, before playing two seasons under Brendan Rodgers.

He’s previously spoken of his plans after retirement, which appear focused on providing guidance and helping young people in his homeland.

As quoted by The Daily Record, he said last year: “Being a pastor is a complex term because it can be misinterpreted. I want to help young people and I want to be a disciple of God. I want to lead by example and help them as others helped me and be successful in following God.

“I don’t want to be known as someone who had a great game, I want to be known as someone who is a great person.”

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The Honduran has always been a deeply religious man and apparently wants to channel some of that into helping local communities after a successful and lucrative football career.

It would be great see him visit Celtic again one day, where he would no doubt receive a brilliant ovation from fans.

Good luck and congratulations Emilio!

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