By Danny Wright

21st Jul, 2017 | 12:50pm

Done deal: Defender confirms Celtic exit for top-flight club

By Danny Wright

Emilio Izaguirre has revealed that he has left Celtic to join Saudi Arabian top-flight club Al-Fayha.

The 31-year-old defender has confirmed that he has signed a deal with the Saudi First Division champions with the Daily Record reporting that the Hoops have picked up £1.25million in his sale.

It is also understood that Izaguirre has penned a two-year deal with Al-Fayha, where he has insisted that he will earn first-team football next season and add to his 93 international caps with Honduras.

“I have signed for Al-Fayha and it’s the best for everyone I think,” the marauding left-back said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“I made the move for the sake of my international career and my family.

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“I received a very good offer from Saudi Arabia and I was interested in leaving Celtic to get first team football.”

Izaguirre joined the Hoops in 2010 and has been a consistent figure in their first-team as they lifted a number of domestic titles.

However the emergence of Scottish wonderkid Kieran Tierney has seen the Honduran pushed out of Brendan Rodgers’ team, as he made just a handful of appearances as they won the treble last season.

During Izaguirre’s seven-year stay at Parkhead he made 252 appearances across all competitions and lifted six Scottish Premiership titles.

Football Insider Verdict

Izaguirre has been a model professional in his time at Celtic and it’s very admirable that he has only left the club to help out his family and continue his international career. He had every right to leave due to Tierney’s dominance of the left-back slot, but also showed that he was willing to remain patient as he didn’t make a fuss about his lack of football. Celtic look as though they’ve pocketed a tidy fee for a player who isn’t considered a starting feature. £1.25million could help Rodgers find a suitable replacement, because he’ll now need to find a new back-up for Tierney.

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