By John Reid

Emilio Izaguirre has revealed why he quit Celtic.

The former Hoops left-back caused a bit of a surprise when he left in the summer to join Saudi Arabian Al-Feiha, but the Honduran international admitted that he left Celtic Park for the good of his international career.

Speaking to the Evening Times, Izaguirre said “I spent seven seasons at Celtic… I carry them in my heart.

““In the last six months I did not play much, and they did not want me to leave. I was offered a new contract, but I needed to play constantly to be able to play for my national team.”

The Honduran international will come up against his old team-mate Tom Rogic this weekend as Honduras play Australia in a play-off with a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia at stake.

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Izaguirre signed for Celtic in 2010 from FC Motuga, and he was a huge success in his first season, winning the Scottish Player of the Year award.

Unfortunately, he broke his ankle at the start of the following season against Aberdeen and was never the same player again.

He was still  more than capable of playing for Celtic though, and he stood-in for Kieran Tierney when the latter was out injured with an ankle injury last season.

Izaguirre played in Celtic’s Betfred Cup Final win over Aberdeen and in a 2-1 win over Rangers at Ibrox.

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