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Men's Football Izaguirre returns ‘home’

Emilio Izaguirre was delighted to be “back home” after rejoining Celtic on a one-year deal today.

The 32-year-old Honduras left-back enjoyed a successful seven-year spell at the Parkhead club before joining Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Fayha at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has brought back Izaguirre as understudy to Scotland international Kieran Tierney — the deal is subject to international clearance — and the Honduran could not be more delighted.

“I am happy to be back home,” he said.

“I was seven years at Celtic and I have only the love for Celtic in my heart, so I am happy to be back home.

“It was a blessing to sign a new contract and I would like to say thank you to Brendan the gaffer, Peter [Lawwell, chief executive] and all the staff at Celtic.

“I am very happy to be back home.”

Izaguirre has no qualms playing second fiddle to Tierney, who came through the youth ranks to take his place in the Celtic team.

He said: “I am very happy for KT, he is my boy. I always tried to help him.

“I am very happy he has progressed.

“I saw him in the youths, he wanted to be a big player and he needs to continue to work hard and try to do the same things he did last year and he can be the best left-back in the world.

“It is important for me to help the team in any way, in training, playing or not playing, my focus is to play any time the gaffer gives me the opportunity and be positive for the team.”


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