Celtic news – Eremenko still on radar, Izaguirre injury blow, McGarvey blasts predictable SPL

Izaguirre injury blow.

STV reports that Emilio Izaguirre has pulled out of the Honduras squad due to play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States.

The Hoops full-back has suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury which forced him to pull out of an international match against Ecuador in February, which could disrupt Celtic´s pre-season plans.

It could mean Izaguirre, who signed a four-year contract at Parkhead last August, missing pre-season training and the club´s subsequent Australia tour, and boss Neil Lennon has ordered him back to Scotland for treatment.

The player has recently attracted interest from a number of English clubs, most recently Newcastle United who could be ready to make keeper Fraser Forster a makeweight in any deal.

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McGarvey blasts predictable SPL.

Celtic legend Frank McGarvey has blasted the standard of the Scottish Premier League, claiming fans have the “most embarrassing two-horse race in world football” to look forward to when league action resumes July 23.

The last time a team from outside the Old Firm won the title was when Aberdeen were victorious in 1985, and McGarvey says supporters can expect much of the same.

“It is the most embarrassing two-horse race in world football,” he told ITV Sport, “and nothing is more certain than Celtic and Rangers will fight it out for the title. Something needs to be done about it.”

He added: “It will be even more of a two-horse race next season as I expect both Celtic and Rangers to get better. It needs a revolution and the first thing we need to do is to place more emphasis on schools football.”

Eremenko still on radar.

The Daily Record says Celtic and Rangers will face stiff competition from England and Russia if they want to sign Alexei Eremenko this summer.

The 28-year-old Finland international has been on a season-long loan at Kilmarnock from Metalist Kharkiv but the Ukranians have now told him he can leave, which has alerted the Old Firm pair who have been tracking him for some time.

Eremenko, who was nominated for the Scottish Player of the Year award but lost out to Emilio Izaguirre, claims he has had offers from an English Championship side and also from Russia.

However, he is keen to remain in Scotland and said: “I read Celtic and Rangers are still interested so I will wait until I see what they put on the table.”

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