Has Cristian Gamboa taken a dig at Celtic?

A general view of a rain soaked Celtic Park exterior before the UEFA Champions League qualifying round play-off first leg match between Celtic and Malmo FF at Celtic Park on August 19,...

Cristian Gamboa joined Celtic from West Bromwich Albion in the summer of 2016.

Marcelo #6 of Brazil clears the ball in front of Cristian Gamboa #16 of Costa Rica during their match at Red Bull Arena on September 5, 2015 in Harrison, New Jersey.

Celtic defender Cristian Gamboa has told The Scottish Sun that playing for Costa Rica has affected his chances of featuring for the Glasgow giants this season.

Gamboa made 21 appearances for Celtic during the 2016-17 campaign, but so far this season, the 27-year-old right-back has not played a single minute for Brendan Rodgers’s side, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

The former Rosenborg defender has been on the books of the Hoops since the summer of 2016 when he joined from Premier League club West Bromwich Albion for a transfer fee reported by The Daily Record to be worth £1 million.

Celtic's head coach Brendan Rodgers talks during a press conference in Brussels on September 26, 2017 on the eve of the Champions League group B) football match against RSC Anderlecht.

The right-back believes that playing for Costa Rica at the Gold Cup in the summer has affected his chances at Celtic, as he did not feature in the Champions League qualifiers.

Gamboa seems to have taken a dig at Celtic and at manager Rodgers for not seeing too kindly to his desire to play for his national team.

Brendan Rodgers, Coach of Celtic speaks during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B match against Paris Saint-Germain at Celtic Park on September 11, 2017 in...

“I decided to represent my country at the Gold Cup tournament this summer,” Gamboa told The Scottish Sun. “Unfortunately, I think this has had consequences for me at Celtic.

“Not doing pre-season with Celtic has proved to be very expensive for me. “There are decisions made by other people who pick the team and it is not in my hands.

“Apparently, playing at the Gold Cup was not taken in a good way at my club and I have had to wait to play again.”

Gamboa is a good player, but even last season the 27-year-old’s performances for Celtic were not exactly great.

With the emergence of 18-year-old Scottish right-back Anthony Ralston, it is going to be even tougher for the Costa Rica international defender to get back in the team.

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