Why Celtic Really Need To Extend The Contract Of This Veteran Defender ASAP

Celtic have been in a brutally rampaging form in the Scottish Premiership this season and considering the impeccable nick they find themselves in, they might just win the league as an invincible side. After yet another comprehensive win, this time against Kilmarnock by a 3-1 score line at the Celtic Park, the Bhoys have now piled 90 points from 32 league outings in what is turning out to be a fairytale like campaign for them.

There has been the rise of a few stars in the process as well, with the likes of Moussa Dembele, Patrick Roberts and Kiernan Tierney amongst the list of youngsters who have shown immense grit, calibre and flamboyance for Brendan Rodgers in his quest of clinching domestic superiority. They have fired week in and week out and their unassailable 26-point lead over second placed Aberdeen, who do have a game in hand though, is the testament to such a perception.

However, there has been a major cause of concern which has erupted onto the scene as well. Owing to the emergence of Tierney, the left-back slot has been pretty much his very own as he has cemented his stature under Rodgers’ tactical setup. The youngster has dethroned Celtic veteran servant in the shape of Emilio Izaguirre from the full-back position and the Honduras international has had to content himself with paltry appearances for the Celts and is in a dire need to get more game time under his belt.

Izaguirre has had a trophy-laden career with the Glasgow giants, where has been for seven successful years. The 30-year-old still has the requisite fire in his belly to ink his name in the starting line-up of any top quality side and apparently, he has been linked with a move to Costa Rica’s most successful club, Deportiva Alajuelense. With already 10 silverwares in his bag as a Celtic player, should the Hoops thank his for the memories and bade him a goodbye in the summer?

The left-back had started in 3 Champions League fixtures and had registered 3.3 tackles, 2.3 interceptions, 3.3 clearances and 0.7 blocks per game on an average, which are some intriguing statistics. Besides, he has also made 11 appearances in the league and ensured that the former Liverpool gaffer didn’t miss Tierney when he was sidelined due to an injury.

The starlet has already been linked with a move to Arsenal in the recent months once the curtains of the summer transfer window get lifted, which implies that if move actually takes place, Celtic would really suffer if they lose out on both of their left-backs. Frankly speaking, the green and white crop would seek for European domination from the upcoming season and thus, they must tie down the former Motagua man with a new deal, for his calibre and experience will really come handy in their pursuits in the upcoming seasons.

Statistics Credits: WhoScored

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