By Matt Farr
Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre could miss his side lifting the Scottish Premiership title at the weekend because of international commitments.
The Hoops will win their sixth consecutive league title if they beat Dundee on Sunday, provided Hearts topple Aberdeen the day before.
However, the 30-year-old full-back is set to miss the Dundee clash after being granted permission to join up with the Honduras international side for a friendly with Nicaragua on Thursday.
Honduras boss Luis Pinto had approached Brendan Rodgers to ask for permission for the Celtic ace to join up with the squad for the non-competitive fixture, and was given the green light by the Parkhead chief.
Pinto revealed to the Scottish Sun: “Emilio will be arriving early in the week after he got permission to arrive early to our camp.
“He will be in the squad for Thursday’s game.”
Izaguirre has lost his place in the Celtic first-team this season to emerging young star, Kieran Tierney. Therefore, he was not likely to play a major role in proceedings against Dundee this weekend.
But the Celtic defender has already won five titles with the club, and would no doubt have loved to have been a part of a result that sees him pick up a sixth.
Should results not go their way at the weekend, however, Izaguirre could return in time to be a part of the title party when Celtic go up against Hearts at the start of April.
He has made 16 appearances for the club in all competitions this season, despite his recent lack of opportunities, and is out of contract in the summer.
Honduras intend to use the friendly as a warm-up for their World Cup qualifying clash against the USA on March 24.