Emilio Izaguirre says he is willing to commit his future to Celtic and will not be tempted by a move to the English Premier League solely for financial reasons, reports the Scotsman.
The Honduran left-back was this week named Cheque Centre PFA Scotland Player of the Year and has been linked with a host of clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Izaguirre still has three years of his existing contract remaining and Celtic boss Neil Lennon has already indicated the club is ready to re-negotiate the player´s deal.
“For me and my family, money is not the most important thing,” said Izaguirre. “I want to win the league with Celtic. There is no money in the world that can replace that. You can’t buy this kind of success in your career. For me, winning titles and playing well is far more important.”
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Celtic have the opportunity to take the initiative in the title race if they can win at Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Wednesday, and assistant manager Johan Mjallby insists he is delighted with the team´s improvement this season.
The Bhoys are chasing a league and cup double and know their destiny is in their own hands, and Mjallby told the Scotsman: “We are just so happy we have really improved this team.
“With 11 or 12 new signings we knew it was a wee bit of a worry if we would be able to get them to gel so quickly, but I think we have done a good job and the players have been a credit to themselves.
“But I would probably have been happier if we were eight points ahead right now and could take it easy and relax a bit.”
Forster: Forget goal difference.
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster has told his Celtic teammates to focus on winning their remaining four league games and forget about scoring more goals than Rangers.
Neil Lennon´s men will leapfrog their cross-city rivals if they win or draw at Inverness on Wednesday, as their goal difference over Walter Smith´s men is six, but Forster is not bothered how many his team win by as long as they win.
“Goal difference will only come into play if we were to drop a couple of points in our next four games,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times. “If we manage to go out there and win all our remaining matches then it doesn’t matter how many we win by. Four 1-0 victories would be enough and that is the way we are looking at things.”