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Celtic star reveals playing for his country ruined his chances at club level

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers isn’t one to hesitate to drop any player who fails to meet up to his standard, and Costa Rica defender Cristian Gamboa is the latest to find himself at the receiving end of the harsh treatment.

The right-back has yet to feature for the Hoops this term, despite playing 21 times last season, and it seems he might have already played his last game for the Parkhead outfit.

Gamboa helped his country to a World Cup berth on Sunday as Costa Rica secured a vital 1-1 draw against Honduras at the death.

Post-match, the fullback claimed his decision to play for his country at the Gold Cup ahead of Celtic’s Champions League qualifiers proved costly.

In the words of the 27-year-old: “I decided to represent my country at the Gold Cup tournament this summer. Unfortunately, I think this has had consequences for me at Celtic.

“Not doing pre-season with Celtic has proved to be very expensive for me. There are decisions made by other people who pick the team and it is not in my hands.

“Apparently, playing at the Gold Cup was not taken in a good way at my club and I have had to wait to play again.”

Mikael Lustig has remained Rodgers’ first choice at right-back, while academy graduate Anthony Ralston has been a capable cover.

The 20-year-old has impressed whenever called upon, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise if Gamboa never plays for Celtic again.