CELTIC’S frozen-out Costa Rican defender Cristian Gamboa is looking forward to making up for some lost time in the World Cup Finals in Russia.
The 28-year-old right-back made just three starts, two in the Premiership and one in Europe, and didn’t make an appearance for the Hoops after the goalless draw against St Johnstone in February.
However, Gamboa, bought by Brendan Rodgers from West Brom in August 2016, has still been selected to represent his nation in the football extravaganza.
He said: “The World Cup has come at the ideal moment for me. It’s a relief to be able to play after a very difficult season.
“For me, I’ve done everything I possibly can to get to Russia. I always tried to give my best at Celtic, but they have made their decision and the manager decided he didn’t want to use me this season.
“I need to look at the situation after the World Cup. Despite the lack of games, I feel fit and ready and prepared. I think we have a good team and are ready to surprise people at this tournament.
“The first match is going to be very important and I hope I can play in it.”