Our View: Celtic hero Emilio Izaguirre's transfer claim isn't that far-fetched

By John Reid

February 19, 2020

Former Celtic hero Emilio Izaguirre has made some interesting comments about a transfer bid that the Hoops turned down for him, back in 2011.

The Daily Record reports quotes from Izaguirre disclosing that Manchester United attempted to sign the left-back, but that Celtic wanted more money.

“I had a great season”

“Celtic signed me and although I didn’t speak English, in my first year there I had a great season. Then Manchester United came in for me. They offered £9 million, but Celtic wanted £15 million so it never happened” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

Some Celtic fans reading those quotes might not believe what he says. After all, Izaguirre wasn’t exactly great in his second spell with the Hoops.

Emilio Izaguirre in his first season with Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, it can’t be underestimated just how good the player was at one stage, especially in his first season with Celtic.

Won individual accolade

That season he was deservedly named as Scotland’s player of the year, and his attacking play was a joy to watch.

In 42 games, he scored one goal and had eight assists, and made a flawless start to life in Scottish football.

Therefore, Manchester United being interested in the player is not too far-fetched, as he was so good for the Hoops in his first season.

Maybe the £9 million part is a little unrealistic, but it should be remembered that he was only 24 when he signed for the Hoops, so still had a long time to go in the game.

Emilio Izaguirre in 2011 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic did the right thing in demanding more money though, and £15 million for a player in Scotland back in 2011 would have been an incredible amount of money.

The sad thing though is that Izaguirre never really recaptured that form at the club. At the start of his second season with the Hoops he suffered a serious ankle injury, and was never the same player again.

He still performed well on occasion for the team, but the form of his first season was difficult to replicate. However, the memories of his first season will still remain, and he remains a firm favourite of the Celtic support.