It is not often a player breaks news about his club’s transfer plans.
But Emilio Izaguirre has done exactly that on Wednesday. Speaking to the Scottish Sun, the left-back has claimed that Celtic are interested in signing his fellow Honduran Alberth Elis, a highly-rated forward who plays in the MLS for Houston Dynamo.
“Celtic have asked me about a few players from Honduras,” said Izaguirre.
“They've asked me several times about Elis. Who knows? Maybe one day they will sign players from Honduras like me.”
Considering that Celtic have looked rather one-dimensional and short of cutting edge in recent months, signing a jet-heeled forward with an enviable goal-scoring record does not look like a bad idea at all.
In eight MLS games, Elis has contributed four goals and five assists in 2019, although he has a long way to go to beat last season’s tally of 11 and 12 respectively.
But, while the 23-year-old is certainly not short of talent or potential, he still has a lot to learn before he makes the move across the Atlantic. At least, that is according to his Houston Dynamo coach Wilmer Cabrera.
“I don’t know [what he can accomplish in 2019]," Cabrera told the MLS website. "That depends on his preparation, mentality, commitment and professionalism.
“If he does what he’s been doing, it’s going to be good. If he wants to go to Europe, not only does he have to repeat that, he has to improve. It’s on him.”
Celtic could be the perfect stepping stone for Elis if he wants to make his name in another continent, particularly given the club’s record for spotting and developing raw talents.
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