By Matt Farr

Former Celtic defender Tosh McKinlay believes it would be “great” for everyone at the club if Emilio Izaguirre signed a new deal.

The 31-year-old was rewarded for his years of service at the Scottish club with a fresh one-year contract extension at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, despite losing his place in the starting eleven.

Izaguirre made only 18 appearances in all competitions for Celtic last term, with Brendan Rodgers instead handing regular opportunities to exciting young prospect, Kieran Tierney.

The 91-time Honduran international could be reduced to further intermittent displays next season, but he has already set his sights on a long-term future at Parkhead.

He moved to the club in 2010 from Motagua, but revealed to the Daily Record on Sunday that he wants to spend another three years at Celtic before moving away from the club.

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Meanwhile, McKinlay, who also played as a left-back for Celtic, believes an extended stay for Izaguirre would be fantastic for the club.

He told the Evening Times: “Emilio has proved over the past seasons that he is a top player as well. It would be great for everyone if he was to sign a new deal with the club.

“In terms of both a player and a person, I don’t think Celtic could ask for anyone better. He is very important on and off the pitch. He is a top human being.

“Emilio is a proper Celtic full back. He likes to get forward and attack when he can and get crosses into the box. As a player and as a person he is a top man to have around the club.”

During his seven full seasons at the club, Izaguirre has won six back-to-back Scottish Premiership titles, and four other domestic titles, and he will have a role to play next term as Celtic seek to defend their domestic treble.

In other Celtic news, the club have received a major update in their reported pursuit of this 21-year-old attacker.

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