Emilio Izaguirre says his obligation is to be with Celtic ahead of Honduras

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One of Celtic's key players has been speaking honestly about pre-season.

Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre has been speaking to the Daily Record about his plans for pre-season.

While there is still plenty of football to be played before the Bhoys head off for the summer, the 28-year-old has already made it clear where his priorities lie once preparation for the new campaign begins.

The Celtic defender may be called up for Honduras’s Gold Cup campaign starting in July, but despite earning 74 international caps to date, Izaguirre has other things on his mind, which are likely to please his club manager Ronny Deila.

“Honduras have friendlies in June against Ethiopia, Paraguay and Brazil before the Gold Cup,” the full-back said. “But my contract is with Celtic and I have a moral obligation to be here with my team.

“I’ll talk to the Honduras Football Federation and they will understand that I have to be with Celtic. I want to be here for June 23 so I can start pre-season.”

It is a bold and admirable statement from Izaguirre, who is a vital part of Celtic’s starting line-up having made 52 appearances to date this season and 203 since he arrived at the club.

It is indicative of Deila’s impact at Celtic that his players are willing to focus solely on the club even when the possibility of playing for their country is on the line.

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