Beram Kayal is heading to Brighton & Hove Albion, where he hopes to get his career back on track following a frustrating time at Celtic.
The Israel international joined the Bhoys in the summer of 2010, and went on to help them win the Scottish title on three occasions. However, his time at Parkhead has been blighted by injury in recent times, which really began in December 2011 when he was stretchered off against rivals Rangers with ankle ligament damage which would keep him sidelined for a lengthy period.
When he returned to first team action the following season, he picked up a leg injury following a tackle with Milan forward Kaka which sent him back to the treatment room. But it was the incident with Lee McCulloch in that Old Firm clash which he believes resulted in the most damage, and he has made no secret of his belief that the Gers man inflicted the injury on purpose.
Kayal has been unable to recapture his best form for Celtic, when his displays led to speculation of interest from the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Aston Villa. The 26-year-old has at least now secured his move to England, although it’s not in the Premier League, but he is grateful for the chance Brighton have given him which he hopes provides him with a fresh start.
“Celtic are amazing fans, committed to the team and they were incredibly supportive to me all through my time in Glasgow,” said the midfielder. “I wish everybody at the club the very best for the future. For now it is time to begin a new chapter in my career with Brighton & Hove Albion, and I am very much looking forward to playing for the supporters here in Brighton.”