By Danny Wright
Celtic fringe player Cristian Gamboa has admitted that his decision to represent Costa Rica at the Gold Cup in the summer was not taken well by his club.
Gamboa, 27, helped his nation reach the semi-finals of the North American tournament in July, but as a result he missed a good chunk of pre-season with the Hoops and was unavailable for their early Champions League qualification matches.
Now a few months into the campaign, even with a shortage of fit defenders in Brendan Rodgers’ first-team, the former West Brom full-back has not managed to make an appearance for the senior squad, appearing just twice on the bench across Celtic’s 16 matches in all competitions.
He has now claimed that he upset the hierarchy at the Scottish champions by his decision to take part in the Gold Cup.
“I decided to represent my country at the Gold Cup tournament this summer,” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Unfortunately, I think this has had consequences for me at Celtic.
“Not doing pre-season with Celtic has proved to be very expensive for me.
“There are decisions made by other people who pick the team and it is not in my hands.
“Apparently, playing at the Gold Cup was not taken in a good way at my club and I have had to wait to play again.”
Gamboa has recently helped Costa Rica qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia next year and celebrated by dying his hair in the colours of his national flag; blue, white and red.
Unfortunately, the Celtic full-back may not have realised that these are also the colours that Rangers use due to their association to Great Britain.
Christian Bolanos, his international team-mate, was quoted by the Scottish Sun as saying: “Myself, Bryan Oviedo and Cristian Gamboa have made a bet and have agreed if we qualified we would dye our hair red, white and blue.
“A bet is a bet and we all agreed it has to be done.”
In other Celtic news, Rangers flop Joey Barton has made a huge claim about Hoops boss Rodgers.