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Celtic: Isaac Brizuela remains hopeful of joining the Hoops after revealing previous bid

Celtic: Isaac Brizuela remains hopeful of joining the Hoops after revealing previous bid

Mexico attacker Isaac Brizuela has revealed that Celtic had previously tried to sign him and says he has not given up hope of playing for the Scottish champions.

In an interview with Mexican media outlet Medio Tiempo, the Deportivo Guadalajara player said that the Hoops had attempted to sign him when he was playing with Deportivo Toluca in his homeland.

The 29-year-old retains hope that Celtic could have continued to maintain their interest in him, saying: “I’m not sure if a [Celtic] scout came over or has come over [recently], but I won’t give up hope. I know that I have a certain age, but I won’t give up hope that such a moment could come.” [as per Medio Tempo, via Football Scotland].

Brizuela has been playing with current club Deportivo Guadalajara, also known as Chivas, since the start of 2015.

In that time, he has made 172 appearances for the club, scoring 16 goals (0.09 per game) and registering 23 assists (0.13 per game).

The 29-year-old has won two Mexican league titles in his career and also helped Deportivo Guadalajara to CONCACAF Champions League glory in 2018.

He plays mainly as a right winger but has fulfilled numerous roles in his career, playing on the right and left flanks as a winger and a full-back, in addition to playing as a striker and central attacking midfielder. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]

Despite regularly playing in advanced positions, Brizuela does not have a huge goal involvements record – he has never scored more than six goals in a single season, while last term’s assists tally of 10 was by far his highest. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]

Celtic haven’t struggled for goals from midfield or wide areas this season, with right winger James Forrest scoring six in 12 games (0.5 per game), Ryan Christie netting eight times in 13 games (0.62 per game) from attacking midfield, left winger Mikey Johnston scoring three times in 10 games (0.3 per game) and right midfielder Jonny Hayes netting twice in just three appearances (0.67 per game).

In terms of setting up goals, Forrest and Christie have five assists each (0.42 and 0.38 per game respectively), while Johnston has provided four assists (0.4 per game) so far in 2019/20.

Brizuela turned 29 at the end of August and has never been a consistently reliable source of goals, either in terms of scoring them or setting them up.

Celtic already have a prolific right winger in Forrest who has been in fine scoring form this season and also sets up plenty of goals, while younger players like Johnston (20) and Christie (24) have also posted impressive goal involvement returns in recent weeks.

Brizuela may still be hopeful of getting a move to Celtic, but the Hoops don’t seem to have any great need to bring in a winger approaching his 30s when they already have younger, more prolific options.

Celtic fans, do you think Brizuela would be an effective addition if the Hoops were to renew their interest in him? Comment below with your views!

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