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Celtic make surprise contract offer to defender

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Emilio Izaguirre has been offered a deal to stay on at next season.

The defender returned to Scotland last August after a spell in Saudi Arabia and has made 20 appearances this season including 13 starts in the SPFL.

Neil Lennon signed Izaguirre in 2010 after he impressed for at the World Cup Finals in South Africa and cleaned up with the Player of the Year awards in his first season.

The emergence of Kieran Tierney effectively closed the door on his career but he has been happy to step in whenever KT has been unavailable.

Picking up on an interview from The Sun reports:

have offered me another one-year deal on my contract. I don’t know what I am going to do yet. I am discussing it with my family.

Neil Lennon has spoken to me and he wants me to remain at but I want to be closer to when I play with the national team.

I hope something comes up in the MLS for me. That’s the wish of me and my wife.

So my future is difficult to predict. My agent is dealing with it at the moment and when I return to in the summer, I will decide.

It’s difficult because my children have grown up here in Scotland. My son doesn’t need a translator – he speaks to us in a Scottish accent! Only God knows whether I will remain in Scotland.

International football has always been highly important to Izaguirre with competing in the Gold Cup this summer with Honduras playing three group matches between June 18 and 26.

Those dates coincide with Celtic’s return for pre-season training with Tierney undergoing a double hernia operation after the on May 25.

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