The Honduran appeared to be waving good-bye to Celtic at the end of last season but Rodgers insisted that he returned for the final season of his contract.
Not much seemed to be improving for Izzy but the misfortune of ankle ligament damage to Kieran Tierney opened the door to a top team return.
Izzy has taken that with both hands, picked up a Betfred Cup winners medal and signed 2016 off with an impressive display at Ibrox.
Whether he gets round to signing a new contract remains to be seen but whatever happens in future he certainly managed to turn things around rather than leave Celtic a shadow of the player that arrived in 2010.
Down the years it’s highly unusual for players to turn around a downward spiral in their career but there has been a couple who have rescued things.
Some players find it impossible to salvage things once they go wrong but there are always exceptions, click on the panel below to relive details of players who ‘did an Izzy’.