TIMES TALKER: Does Kayal have future with Celtic?

SHORT-TERM says RONNIE CULLY:

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Dundee United's John Rankin tackles Beram Kayal during Saturday's 2-0 victory for Celtic
Dundee United's John Rankin tackles Beram Kayal during Saturday's 2-0 victory for Celtic

THE disenchanted midfielder has made it clear what he thinks of football in this country.

He should be more concerned about what Neil Lennon and the Celtic fans think of him.

If the game in this country is as poor as the Israeli international would have us believe, why does he not shine?

His performance at Tannadice was a typical Kayal cameo.

Following the outpouring of his disquiet about his situation here, he knew eyes would be on him, so he made a decent effort.

But, experience of him tells us that he will now revert back into his could-do-more mode.

The chances are, whether he remains at the club or not won't be down to Kayal's wishes or whim, but whether anyone is prepared to pay to release an under-achiever from the final year of his contract.

NO says HUGH MacDONALD:

THE Israeli internationalist played well at Tannadice, offering hints of why he attracted such praise in his early days at Celtic.

Yet there is a feeling that he is looking beyond the SPFL and that Celtic would not be difficult to deal with if the club was given a reasonable return on its investment.

Kayal has the ability to help Celtic but the spirit may have deserted him.

Neil Lennon - heading for another scouting trip this week - knows he has two powerful midfielders in the shape of Scott Brown and Charlie Mulgrew.

Stefan Johansen, the Norwegian recruit, and Liam Henderson, the 17-year-old new Bhoy on the block, also combine to restrict Kayal's possible appearances.

The Celtic manager is intent on freshening up his squad and Kayal could be traded to provide funds for other areas, most particularly if Lennon should need another goalkeeper in the event of the likely departure of Fraser Forster.

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