‘Remember me, my name is Emilio,’ and Celtic loves you more than you will know

There was a time when I held sway.

I strove for my team and heard the songs in my ears.

My time in the sun.

All my world was on that park and with the bhoys around.

I had travelled half way the world to be here and had found my home.

I shone brightly and the light reflected on my comrades.

At last the shadow fell and a bright new star lit the heavens, I shrank and was lost.

It would have been easy to skulk away, but I saw hope in the young star and swore to mentor him.

He grew and I walked behind in the cold and dark, but I kept hope in my heart, one last call would come.

And so it came to pass that the young sun was eclipsed by a great misfortune and in the wilderness I heard the call.

From my secret store I brought out my sacred hoops, kept pristine throughout the sadness.

At the lowest time I was called back and once more I shone for those I love.

I came back for a short time and I have given my all.

I came back to play for Celtic, remember me.

My name is – Emilio.

Adapted from JinkyRedStar’s tribute to Emilio Izaguirre

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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