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Emilio Izaguirre Pays Tribute to Arnold Peralta Before St Johnstone V Celtic

Emilio Izaguirre Pays Tribute to Arnold Peralta Before St Johnstone V Celtic

Emilio Izaguirre crouched on his knees and prayed as the St Johnstone and Celtic players paid tribute to two former Scottish football stars, including ex-Rangers midfielder Arnold Peralta.

There was a minute’s applause before the game at McDiarmid Park this afternoon to mark the death of former Saints star Willie Coburn this week.

But the tragic death of Peralta earlier in the week would also have been in the mind of everyone inside the stadium, including his Honduras international team-mate Izaguirre.

The Celtic defender wore an armband with number 12 on it – apparently in tribute to Peralta – and kneeled down to pray during the minute’s applause at the start of the match:

Izaguirre also took his Celtic top off at full-time to display a t-shirt which also had a message dedicated to Peralta:

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It was confirmed early on Friday morning that Peralta had been shot dead in his hometown of La Ceiba while out shopping.

The news has shocked the football world and the loss has been felt heavily in Glasgow, with Izaguirre a friend of Peralta’s and the midfielder a Rangers player up until January.

Izaguirre went on to help Celtic win 3-0, with Nadir Ciftci’s two goals sandwiching a header by Dedryck Boyata.

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