BUNDESLIGA giants Werder Bremen are rumoured to be eyeing a shock £1million swoop for Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre.
The Honduran defender is in his seventh season at the Hoops, but lost his first team place to teenager Keiran Tierney after the turn of the year.
There are indications Brendan Rodgers will also keep faith in the youngster who picked up his first Scotland international cap after a rapid rise to stardom.
Izaguirre, 30, featured under the new manager in the recent 5-0 League Cup mauling of Motherwell at Parkhead and it remains to be seen if the Irishman would be prepared to let such an experienced campaigner depart during a crucial campaign.
If the popular full-back moved before the transfer deadline, Rodgers could be struggling for a back up for 19-year-old Tierney.
Izaguirre quickly became a fans’ favourite on his arrival in 2010 with his devel-may-care surges into atttack. He won multiple Player of the Year awards in his first term, but suffered a broken ankle against Aberdeen at Pittodrie at the start of the 2010/11 season.
He has played over 200 games for the Hoops, winning five consecutive league titles. The speedy defender has also represented his country at two World Cups.
Werder Bremen will have to fork out the cash for a player who is in the last year of his contract and will be free to talk to interested parties in January.
At the end of last season Izaguirre seemed to have said his goodbyes to the Celtic support at both the last away game at St Johnstone and then on the final day of the season against Motherwell at Celtic Park. CQN later revealed that the player would be back at Celtic Park this season and that’s exactly how it turned out.