A green light: Celtic's Rami move given the all-clear by Standard
23:16 GMT, 30 December 2012
Israeli international Rami Gershon could be a Celtic player by next week after the player’s agent confirmed he is free to leave Standard Liege.
The Parkhead side have launched a bid to secure the left sided central defender on loan with a view to an 800,000 permanent deal in the summer.
Along with former Celtic strike target Marvin Ogunjimi Gershon is one of four Standard players omitted from the winter training camp in Turkey after being made surplus to requirements by coach Mircea Rednic.
Heading to Glasgow: Rami Gershon is close to a move to Celtic
Sportsmail understands the SPL champions face stiff competition from Juniper League side Royal Antwerp, however, with the lure of a Champions League tie with Juventus Celtic’s bargaining tool.
Under contract until the summer of 2014 Gershon spent a spell on loan at KV Kortrijk and will leave Standard once again in the coming week.
'I can neither confirm or deny the reports regarding Celtic’s interest.' Said agent Dudu Dahan – the man who also took Beram Kayal and Efe Ambrose to Glasgow.
'Rami will not be returning to Israel but he has had attractive offers from leading European clubs. We will know where he is going within the next week.'
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Efe Ambrose is also set to travel to the African Cup of Nations in South Africa with Nigeria – a tournament which could see him return to Glasgow just days before the first leg of Celtuc’s Champions League last 16 clash with Juventus.
English clubs Newcastle United and Millwall have both refused to let players join up with Nigeria.
But Ambrose, who has 16 caps for the senior team, wants to make the trip if Celtic give him the green light.
'If the club says I can’t go, then I can’t go,' said the defender. 'It all depends on what they say.
'I believe the manager has his own opinion. If they say I can’t go, I don’t have any option. But I believe they will come to the right choice for me.
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'You know, I started out with my country. They made me what I am today. If it wasn’t for the national teams, I would not be here today.
'So I’m giving back some of what they’ve given to me. That is really important to me. Playing for my country is so important, every opportunity to do that makes me very happy.
'I played right through from the under-17s, the under-20s, the under-23s and then the senior team. That is how I got my move first to Israel and now here – playing on the international stage put me in the spotlight. That is why I have to give something back to my country.’
Ambrose, who played in central defence and midfield in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Hibs at Easter Road, is aware that his place in the team could be put at risk by spending weeks away with the Super Eagles.
But he insisted: ‘This is football. You have to fight for your place, you have to meet every challenge. For me, it’s OK, because I believe that, as a team, we are one. It doesn’t matter who sits on the bench or who starts – we all have the same objective.
'I won’t be worried about losing my place. If that is the challenge I have to face when I come back, I will face it. I will just have to fight my way back into the team. That will give me more edge and more drive to play my way back in.
'I am leaving the club in a good position, although the Hibs game was difficult for me, because I always want us to win. But we’re still a long way clear of the rest. We may lose a game every now and then – this is football.’