This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
When Celtic picked up virtual unknown in Emilio Izaguirre for just £657,000 a decade ago, there was no knowing how the defender’s career would go at the club. No-one could have expected the great spell he would have on two different occasions at the Hoops and they even managed to make some money out of him, highlighting that he was a great profit player for the club.
His two spells were from 2010 to 2017 and 2018 to 2019, with the left-back making an impressive 271 appearances for the Hoops. He clearly showed some great attacking threat whilst at the side as he managed to pick up five goals along the way and a remarkable 48 assists, per Transfermarkt. This is his highest assists tally at any one club, highlighting that the Hoops got the best out of him.
He has been a part of a lot of the success in recent times at Parkead, winning seven league titles, three League Cups and four Scottish Cups, per Transfermarkt. The Honduran had a fine career with the Hoops and the club even manage to make £1.26m from him when he first left the club for Al-Feiha in 2017.
The Celts signed him back on a free for the 2018/19 season, per Transfermarkt, and he was still in and around the first team despite him now being in his 30’s as he made 19 appearances in all competitions for the Scottish champions.
The Hoops got the best out of the defender and both the player and the club enjoyed a very successful period together, and it is made even sweeter by the fact that they signed him twice for a combined fee of just £657,000. Added with the fact that he was sold for a profit in 2017, this highlights how he was a great bit of business for Celtic.
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