CELTIC outcast Cristian Gamboa has admitted he can't wait for the World Cup because he's been frozen out by Brendan Rodgers.

The 28-year-old full back made just two league starts all season and wasn't seen since a goalless draw against St Johnstone in February.

But it's not prevented him being picked for Costa Rica's World Cup squad for this summer's tournament in Russia.

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And Gamboa has admitted he can't wait to play at the World Cup after a miserable season at Parkhead with the Double Treble winners.

He said: "The World Cup has come at the ideal moment for me. It's a relief to be able to play after a very difficult season,

"For me, I've done everything I possibly can to get to Russia.

"I always tried to give my best at Celtic, but they have made their decision and the manager decided he didn't want to use me at all this season.

"I need to look at the situation after the World Cup.

"Despite the lack of games, I feel fit and ready and prepared. I think we have a good team and are ready to surprise people at this tournament.

"The first match is going to be very important and I hope I can play in it."