By Alex Stevens
Celtic are preparing to offer Emilio Izaguirre a new contract, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.
The Honduran left-back had looked certain to leave Parkhead with his contract expiring at the end of this season.
But Izaguirre has returned to Rodgers’ side for the last three games as cover for long-term absentee Kieran Tierney and has impressed the management.
The Celtic boss has admitted he could be set to offer the 30-year-old a new deal ahead of the January transfer window, when he will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club.
Rodgers told the Scottish Sun: “That’s the idea, to have the competition. We have one with experience, and one with youthfulness — so it is perfect balance.
“Emilio’s been very good since coming back into the team. It’s really a testament to how hard he has been working.
“A lot of the guys who have been playing regularly have got a lot of credit, and rightly so.
“But they have only been so good because there are a lot of guys in behind them who have been pushing them.
“Emilio has come in and played at Ross County away, Aberdeen away, Monchengladbach away and showed up well. I was pleased with the defensive part of his game.
“I think he is renowned more for going forward, but he has defended strongly. It is great for him. And great for me to have someone like that.”
Izaguirre has made five appearances in all competitions for Celtic this season, with regular left-back Tierney making 19 appearances, from which he has supplied an impressive seven assists.
Celtic face Inverness at home in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday, the only side they have dropped points to this season.
In other Celtic news, Tierney has delivered a fitness update on Twitter that will delight Celtic fans.