Ex-Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre left Celtic two years ago.
However, he’s fondly remembered around Kerrydale Street for his incredible work-rate and solid performances. Now, back at F.C. Motagua, Izaguirre is having a difficult time where his career began.
The Honduran side, who finished first in the Liga Nacional Clausura 2020 (Football Database), are at war with the left-back, who has been given his marching orders.
In comments picked up by The Scottish Sun, Izaguirre has said:
“I was just there to fill the squad. I never felt valued by him. I am a player who has dedicated himself to Motagua and its history. Celtic paid this club £2million because of me.
“I worked hard and tried to respect everyone. I admit I got angry once or twice with the manager because he wasn’t playing me. But I have always respected him.
“He’s not told me I am not in his plans yet. I haven’t been playing for the money at Motagua, but they have hugely disrespected me.
“I am an experienced player, I have won a lot of trophies abroad and played in two World Cups. I don’t want to go abroad because my children are settled, but I might have to.
“This is very painful for it to end like this because at Celtic I felt appreciated and valued.”
Ex-Celtic hero Emilio Izaguirre suffering at his boyhood club
Having left Celtic in 2019, Izaguirre was hoping for a happy return to his first club. At the start of 2021, he made headlines in Scotland with a message to Celtic supporters.
Motagua’s Argentine manager Diego Vasquez clearly isn’t keen on the left-back, who is horrified by his placing on the transfer list.
Izaguirre, who holds an incredible 109 caps for Honduras, wouldn’t have expected his career to wind down this way. It’s very sad to see one of the most popular figures from Celtic’s 9IAR so unhappy.
There were serious questions about Izaguirre’s return to Celtic in 2018. By the time he’d left Parkhead, he looked to be past his prime, with Kieran Tierney securing the left-back slot.
However, Izaguirre and his family had settled happily in Glasgow. The full-back told Celtic TV in 2018 (BBC):
“We were crying when we left here.”
“We were sad for one year, but now I have the opportunity to come back and I’m so happy. This is my second home.”
With Diego Laxalt and Greg Taylor as options in his position, the 34-year-old certainly won’t be offering Izaguirre a deal.
While it seems unlikely that the Bhoys will provide an escape route for Izzy, we hope to see him playing and happy again soon.