Emilio Izaguirre hints he's going to reject Celtic's contract offer

Glasgow , United Kingdom - 20 May 2018; A general view of Celtic Park prior to Scott Brown's testimonial match between Celtic and Republic of Ireland XI at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre could be on the move.

Celtic's Honduran defender Emilio Izaguirre plays the ball during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg football match between Celtic and Valencia at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow,...

Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre has told The Scottish Sun that he has received a new contract offer from the Bhoys – but he's hoping for a move to Major League Soccer.

Celtic clinched an eighth straight league title on Saturday afternoon, beating Aberdeen 3-0 to win the league with two games to spare.

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Neil Lennon did what he was tasked with doing when he took over as interim manager back in February, and now the planning for next season will begin, even though there's still a Scottish Cup final against Hearts to play.

 

Celtic have a number of players coming to the end of their contracts this summer, and decisions must be taken on them, with Mikael Lustig a key name in that mix.

Another veteran set to be out of contract is left back Izaguirre, who was signed by Brendan Rodgers last summer, luring him back to Parkhead after just a year away.

The Honduran, 32, has been cover for Kieran Tierney this season, making 19 appearances in all competitions as he's mostly played a bit-part role.

Now back under his former boss Lennon, Izaguirre has admitted that he's been offered a new one-year deal by Celtic – but has hinted that he's going to reject it.

22nd December 2018, Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Celtic versus Dundee; Emilio Izaguirre of Celtic applauds the fans at the end of the match

Izaguirre is more interested in a move to the United States, aiming to join a Major League Soccer team in order to be closer to Honduras for international duty and for family reasons.

“Celtic have offered me another one-year deal on my contract,” said Izaguirre. “I don't know what I am going to do yet. I am discussing it with my family. Neil Lennon has spoken to me and he wants me to remain at Celtic. But I want to be closer to Honduras when I play with the national team.”

“I hope something comes up in the MLS for me. That's the wish of me and my wife. So my future is difficult to predict. My agent is dealing with it at the moment and when I return to Honduras in the summer, I will decide. It's difficult because my children have grown up here in Scotland. My son doesn't need a translator - he speaks to us in a Scottish accent! Only God knows whether I will remain in Scotland,” he added.

Glasgow , United Kingdom - 20 May 2018; A general view of Celtic Park prior to Scott Brown's testimonial match between Celtic and Republic of Ireland XI at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

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