Izaguirre expects long Hoops career

28 August 2010 10:30

Emilio Izaguirre has revealed that Celtic is the move he feels like he has been waiting his whole career for.

The 23-year-old Honduras left-back has long sought a move to British football, but until he completed his Celtic switch, that ambition kept being frustrated. Izaguirre secured a trial at Ipswich back in 2008, but problems with a work permit meant a move could not be completed, while his hopes of signing for Wigan also failed.

Izaguirre, poised to make his Celtic debut with the trip to Motherwell on Sunday, said: "Coming to a club like Celtic is a dream come true at last for me. 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.

"There was a chance I could have joined Wigan, but it was only going to be possible if [existing left-back] Maynor Figueroa left and he didn't.

"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.

He added: "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 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."

Source: PA