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Celtic star Emilio Izaguirre comments on Honduras exclusion

The left-back did not seem pleased to be left out of the Honduras team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

It was confirmed yesterday that Celtic would have left-back Emilio Izaguirre available for their Champions League qualifying matches this summer. The Honduran was potentially going to be unavailable, as his country are in action in the upcoming Concacaf Gold Cup in July.

Celtic are scheduled to enter at the second qualifying round of the competition in July, when Izaguirre is scheduled to be, hopefully, into the second round of the competition.

That will now no longer be the case, after Honduras agreed to release him from the squad.

Izaguirre has now had his say on the decision. The Celtic player certainly did not seem happy with the decision.

He is quoted by Diez as stating:

"It's hard, I do not want to talk about it, I think it is more appropriate to talk about it with the coach, he was the one who spoke to the coaching staff and directors of Celtic.

"I was not in any conversation, nor signed any letter they sent, was the coach and the board. They agreed and they made ​​the decision . They had many talks and I think they came to an agreement and that is responsible to coaching staff and the team.

"I do not want to talk about it, it's gone, I do not want to fall into any trouble or any gossip. I hope that be forgotten.

"I'm happy for the Champions League and I hope everything goes good."

Celtic could face the likes of Slovakian champions Trencin, Icelandic side Stjarnan or Bosnian outfit Sarajevo in their respective qualifying tie and will now be able to call upon Izaguirre for the fixtures, which will no doubt please Ronny Deila.

Izaguirre played 58 times for The Bhoys last season, so is undoubtedly a key member of their team and having him available will be a huge boost to the club's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

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