Emilio Izaguirre has revealed how he’s ready to give 100% for Celtic after completing his complicated transfer to the Glasgow club. The 23-year old Honduran also spoke of how moving to Celtic is the switch he’s been waiting his whole career for.
Izaguirre impressed on trial at Ipswich back in 2008, but work permit problems meant that a permanent transfer couldn’t be secured. This summer he also saw a potential move to English Premier League club Wigan scuppered due to similar difficulties.
This time around the left-back made a special trip to Guatemala to ensure that there would be no such issues to hamper his move to Celtic.
Izaguirre, who is poised to make his debut on Sunday at Fir Park said “Coming to a club like Celtic is a dream come true at last for me. Celtic showed a lot of interest in me and I'm delighted to be here. I think any player in the world would be happy to arrive at a club as big as this.”
“I will put the effort in during training every day and play each match here as if it’s the last game of my life”, he added.
The Honduran featured for his country during the World Cup in South Africa, and will need to stay on top of his game, adapting quickly to keep the likes of Charlie Mulgrew out the side.
Speaking of the challenges laid before him he continued, “I know the demands of playing for Celtic, that you have to win every game, but I'm ready for that.”
"The Scottish game has a fast pace to it, but I think that will suit my own style of game. I feel fit enough to start on Sunday if the manager selects me.”
Izaguirre was stunned as Celtic crashed out of Europe against Utrecht during the week, but remained positive about competing in Europe in the future.
He said: "I couldn't really believe what happened on Thursday night. I would never have thought it could happen.
"Of course European football was an attraction to me coming here so it's disappointing, but I have many more years here for that."