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Celtic help Emilio Izaguirre live out his dream

Emilio Izaguirre tries on his Celtic strip for size
Izaguirre is looking forward to wearing his Celtic gear on Sunday

Hoduras left-back Emilio Izaguirre says that, by joining Celtic, he has achieved his long-held ambition of playing in British football.

Previous moves to Ipswich Town and Wigan Athletic fell through.

"Coming to a club like Celtic is a dream come true at last for me," said the 23-year-old.

"I will put the effort in during training every day and play each match with Celtic as if it's the last game of my life."

He secured a trial with Ipswich in 2008 then this summer was close to a transfer from his Honduran club, Motagua, to Wigan as a replacement for Maynor Figueroa.

European football was an attraction to me coming here, but I have many more years here for that

Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre

"There was a chance I could have joined Wigan, but it was only going to be possible if Figueroa left and he didn't," said Izaguirre.

"It's true that when I was younger I went to Ipswich, but I couldn't get the work permit at that time."

Izaguirre, who featured in the World Cup for Honduras, last week made a special trip to Guatemala to ensure the paperwork would not present a problem with a transfer to Celtic.

It means that he is in line to make his debut against Motherwell on Sunday, both sides having crashed out of European football while he was back in Central America.

He admitted he was stunned that Celtic exited European football earlier this week with a dreadful 4-0 reverse in Utrecht that denied them qualification to the Europa League despite arriving in the Netherlands with a two-goal lead.

"I couldn't really believe what happened on Thursday night," said the defender, who has declared himself fit for Sunday. "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."



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Motherwell 0-1 Celtic
29 Aug 10 |  Scottish Premier
Lennon takes blame for Euro exit
26 Aug 10 |  Celtic
Utrecht 4-0 Celtic (agg 4-2)
26 Aug 10 |  Europe
Celtic complete Izaguirre deal
18 Aug 10 |  Celtic


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