By: Mark Henderson in Austria on 10 Jul, 2014 14:18
EMILIO Izaguirre wants to make his fifth season at Celtic his best one yet after returning to club duty this week following his World Cup commitments with Honduras.
Despite the defender’s best efforts, his homeland failed to progress from a challenging group containing a rampant France side, Switzerland and Ecuador as they exited the global showpiece.
After a short break, the fans’ favourite joined up with his Hoops team-mates at their pre-season base in Austria on Monday morning and was immediately back in training for the new campaign, Ronny Deila’s first as manager.
And the 28-year-old – who penned a new three-year contract in June – told the official website of his determination to improve further as a player under the Norwegian.
“I have enjoyed it,” he said in an exclusive interview. “The football has changed in some ways but I am happy about that. Every manager has different ideas about training and all my team-mates tell me this manager has made big differences in the match play and in training, and this is good for Celtic.
“I like to attack and run forward but this most important thing is that the team does well. There is a lot of competition at the club as the new manager wants to improve and wants to see the players do better. This is good for competition and we have great quality in training.
“After four years here, I have a new contract and a new manager. Since 2010, I have worked hard and tried to improve in every game and this year I want to continue doing that and also try to score more goals
“As for Honduras, we tried very hard to get into the next round in Brazil,” he added. “We didn’t manage it but it was a great experience and we will try to do better in the next World Cup."
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