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  • Izaguirre: I'll do anything to help the Hoops

    Izaguirre: I'll do anything to help the Hoops

    By: Mark Henderson on 10 Aug, 2018 15:21

  • EMILIO Izaguirre has revealed that he wants to help Kieran Tierney become the best left-back in the world after returning to the club on a one-year deal, subject to international clearance.

    The 32-year-old spent seven success-filled years in Paradise, before signing for Saudi Arabian club, Al-Fayha in the summer of 2017.

    But in his heart, the Honduran never left Paradise and, 12 months on, he couldn’t disguise his delight at being back with the Bhoys.

    With home-grown hero, Tierney, currently ahead of him in the pecking order at left-back, Izaguirre understands he may not start every week, but, for him, what’s best for the team takes precedence over individual ambitions.

    And addressing the media on his return to the Hoops, he insisted that one of his responsibilities was to help Tierney, his former understudy, continue his development into a world-class player.

    “Yes, I’m happy to be back home,” he said. “I was at Celtic for seven years and in my heart I only have love for Celtic

    “It’s a huge blessing for me to sign a contract for Celtic and I want to say thanks to Celtic - the gaffer, Peter, and all the staff – for giving me the opportunity.

    “It was difficult for me as I wanted to try and play more but, after one year, I understood that I never wanted to leave and it’s more important that I try and help the team at Celtic.

    “I’ve played with KT for five years and I always tried to help him and we learned from each other, and I’m happy to help him learn.

    “I’m very happy as Tierney is my boy. I always tried to stay in touch with him and help him, and I’m happy to help him progress. I want to help him become the best left-back in the world. I want to help him and Celtic, which is the most important thing.

    “He (Tierney) wanted to be a big player. He needs to continue to work hard and keep doing the things he did last year, and he can be the best player in his position in the world.

    “Celtic is my home and I’m happy to help bring more players through from the Academy and am happy that he plays the best he can.

    “I can try to help the young players. I’ve played a lot of games for the national team and in two World Cups so I hope I can show the younger kids that.

    “For me, it’s important to help the team in any way I can, whether I play or not. My focus is to play any minutes when the gaffer gives me the opportunity and always to be positive for the team.”

    “The most important thing is that Celtic win every game. For any player here, the most important thing is the team. We have a lot of competitions and we have a big game next week which we need to win. Whether you play or not, it’s most important that Celtic win.”

    Izaguirre embraced Celtic during his previous spell in Glasgow and he enjoyed a strong connection with the club’s supporters.

    He and his young family became firm fans, something that never changed when he left, and the defender was adamant that he felt no disappointment at missing out on last season’s Double Treble achievement, only joy.   

    He said: “I’m never jealous. I’m always positive and I support Celtic, and I always tried to watch the games and I was very happy Celtic won the games and trophies. I support the team and my team-mates and now I’m a player again, I’ll try to help the team in any way I can.”  

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