Celtic agree defender sale to title holders, will secure exit within days - report
By Danny Wright
Celtic have agreed to sell Emilio Izaguirre to Saudi First Division title holders Al-Fayha, according to a report.
The Daily Record claims that the 31-year-old defender has agreed a two-year deal with the Saudi Arabian club and will complete his £1.25million move to them within the next few days.
It is understood that Izaguirre is set to meet up with the Al-Fayha squad at their training camp in Austria and secure his exit by the end of this week.
His transfer to the Middle East will end a seven-year long stay at Celtic Park, where the 93-times Honduras international has helped the Hoops become the dominant force of Scottish football.
The left-back won six Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish Cups and two League Cups during his time in Glasgow, which also saw him amass 252 appearances across all competitions.
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Izaguirre has been known as a marauding full-back who loves to get up and down the pitch and that is replicated in his assist stats at Celtic, having set up his team mates on a stunning 47 occasions.
However game time was limited last season thanks to the emergence of Scottish wonderkid Kieran Tierney.
Football Insider Verdict
Thanks to Tierney’s rise to prominence, Izaguirre had little hope of becoming Rodgers’ go-to man at left-back next season, so it makes sense for him to leave. The £1.25million fee picked up by Celtic is also a good amount for a player who wasn’t really considered as a first-teamer anymore. The Parkhead faithful will always be greatful of Izaguirre’s stay in Glasgow, as he has truly been one of their most exciting players of the last decade. There should be no concerns about his sale at all as Tierney is more than capable of filling his boots as the club’s main man at left-back. However Rodgers may now have to look for an understudy to the Scottish international.