By Matt Farr
Deportivo Alajuelense president Fernando Ocampo has admitted his side are working on a deal to sign Celtic full-back Emilio Izaguirre this summer.
Izaguirre, 30, is out of contract at the end of the season, and is widely expected to quit Celtic after falling behind academy sensation Kieran Tierney in the pecking order.
But club chief Ocampo has since admitted to the Scottish Sun that the club will be waiting until the end of the season before advancing a deal, although the player is definitely on their shortlist.
He said: “Emilio Izaguirre is a great player. We are going to wait until the end of the season before we negotiate a deal.
“We have a sports commission at the club who have a list of players we want for the new season and Emilio is on that. They will write a report and we will look at the funding it would require to bring him here.
“There is a lot of work to be done, but he would obviously be a big signing for us.”
Izaguirre has been restricted to just 17 appearances in all competitions for Celtic this season, but has made just one Scottish Premiership appearance since the new year.
However, he has been a loyal servant to the Scottish champions for almost seven years, having arrived at Parkhead in August 2010 from Honduran outfit Montagua.
The full-back picked up his sixth back-to-back league title for Celtic against Hearts earlier this month, having also won four other domestic titles during his time in Glasgow.
But he looks set to end his association with the club when his contract expires this summer, with a number of clubs – not just Deportivo Alajuelense – believed to be interested in his services.
Football Insider verdict
Brendan Rodgers has been forced to make a choice between Izaguirre and exicting youngster Kieran Tierney, and the Celtic boss has unsurprisingly gone with Tierney. Izaguirre has been a useful asset over the years, but the emergence of the Scotland international as one of Europe’s most promising full-backs has left Izaguirre on the brink of a summer move. He could still do a decent job for a team of bigger calibre than the Costa Rican side, however, although anywhere that can offer him regular first team football would be the aim. For Celtic, it would free up extra space on the wage bill for Rodgers to pursue his ambitious targets this summer, including those Champions League names he has publicly craved.
In other Celtic transfer news, club favourite Chris Sutton believes the club are set to spend big this summer.