I know I’m not the only one with a pavlovian dislike of hearing Celtic players mentioned in international match reports in June. Preseason training is only four weeks away, quickly followed by the Champions League qualifying round, so these weeks should be for rest and recuperation. The one exception to the rule, this summer, is Emilio Izaguirre, who is set to play two World Cup qualifiers for Honduras over the next two weeks.
Emilio missed most of last season through injury and then sat out much of the remaining part of the campaign due to the impressive form of Charlie Mulgrew. He is the one player in the squad who benefit from competitive football to restore his edge, and confidence.