By Will Butcher
Emilio Izaguirre could be set to end his seven-year stay with Celtic after being offered a contract to return to Central America, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim Costa Rica giants Deportiva Alajuelense have offered a pre-contract deal to the 30-year-old defender, who’s current deal expires in less than two months.
However, it is believed that Honduras international Izaguirre is also likely to attract interest from a whole host of MLS clubs, as he is available on a free transfer.
Alajuelense have won the Costa Rica first division a record 29 times, and are believed to be the first domestic side to earn more than 100 points in a division with 102 in 1996.
Izaguirre is likely to move on after falling down the pecking order under manager Brendan Rodgers this season, mainly due to teenager Kieran Tierney’s rise to stardom.
The Celtic youth academy product has limited Izaguirre to act as his back-up on the left side of defence, seeing him make just 17 first-team appearances in all competitions this season.
Now available on a free, the six-time Scottish Premiership winner is likely to offloaded by Rodgers but could play some part in the Bhoys’ remaining seven league games.
Football Insider verdict:
Izaguirre has been a top servant to the Bhoys throughout his time on Parkhead after signing on as an unknown back in 2010 from Honduran side Motagua. Despite making Champions League appearances against the likes of Barcelona, Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City, Izaguirre should now look to move on for the good of his career. That will also allow Rodgers to free up some wages to improve other areas of the squad, in what is likely to be an interesting transfer window for the Hoops ahead of a 2017-18 Champions League campaign and pursuit of a seventh consecutive Scottish Premiership title under the stewardship of Rodgers.
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