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Emilio Izaguirre confirms he has been invited to Celtic pre-season with no offers made

Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre walks off dejected after being sent off

The left-back is out of favour at Parkhead after the emergence of teenage star Kieran Tierney.


Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre (R) in action with Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Lewis Horner

Out-of-favour Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre has confirmed, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times, that he will be showing up for pre-season after being invited by the club with no offers for his services on the table from other clubs.

The Honduras international made 25 appearances in all competitions for the Hoops this season but was largely used as back-up to burgeoning teenage talent Kieran Tierney.

The 30-year-old has been the club's undisputed first choice on the left side of his defence since his arrival from his native country six years ago, but the most recent campaign saw him fall out of favour for the first time in Scotland.

Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre walks off dejected after being sent off

That has led to widespread speculation that the former Scottish player of the year could be set to leave Parkhead this summer, with the Glasgow side seemingly having found a long-term star in Scottish international Tierney.

However, last month Izaguirre announced his intention to stay at the club, and he has now confirmed that he has been invited by new manager Brendan Rodgers to join the squad for pre-season at the end of this month, with no offers from elsewhere on the table.

Izaguirre said, as quoted by the Evening Times: "The season begins for me when I join with the team in Slovenia on June 27 - and the club have confirmed that I should be there.

Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre misses a penalty

"There have been no offers from any teams from other countries and I will be reporting for pre-season. I have even been following the fitness plan given to me by the medical staff.

"I still have two years left to run on my current contract and the next step is up to Celtic."

Though he appears unlikely to win his regular starting spot back from Tierney, Izaguirre will undoubtedly see the appointment of Rodgers as a clean slate and a chance to prove that he can still make a major contribution.

Celtic will once again be competing in the Champions League next term, and with strength in depth Rodgers may well be delighted to have such a reliable understudy to Tierney.

Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre

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