Gershon arrives in Glasgow to hammer out a deal with Celtic
20:14 GMT, 3 January 2013
23:20 GMT, 3 January 2013
Rami Gershon last night arrived in Glasgow and spoke of his thrill at the chance to join Celtic.
The Israeli international defender, capped 10 times by his country, touched down at 5pm and will hold talks with the Parkhead club tomorrow to finalise his switch.
It is expected that Gershon will sign on loan from Standard Liege until the end of the season, with Celtic holding the option of an 800,000 transfer.
On the move: Israel defender Rami Gershon (centre) is a target for Celtic and has arrived in Glasgow to discuss a possible move
An 18-month permanent deal could,
however, emerge as an alternative for a player under contract in Belgium
until the summer of 2014.
Celtic's Beram Kayal
Gershon made limited first-team appearances for Standard but had a successful loan spell at Pro-League rivals Kortrijk.
‘I am very happy to be here,’ he said
last night. ‘I am very excited about the opportunity to play for Celtic
and I just hope everything can be sorted out tomorrow. Then I can say
‘Beram Kayal is a good friend of mine,
but I have not yet spoken to him about Celtic. Everything happened so
quickly that I could not find the time. But in the past he has told me
only good things.’
The 24-year-old, who can play at
centre-back or left-back, is being drafted in to bolster Celtic’s
defensive options ahead of their Champions League last-16 tie with
Juventus next month.
Efe Ambrose could be on duty with Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations until early February, while Kelvin Wilson will miss the first two matches following the winter break after yesterday being landed with an SFA suspension for his clash with Dundee’s John Baird.
Gershon’s agent Dudu Dahan, who brought both Ambrose and Kayal to Parkhead, is confident a deal for the player will be signed off today.
‘Normally, there should not be a problem, but nothing is finished until it is finished,’ said Dahan.
Options: Celtic boss Neil Lennon is hoping to improve his squad as they prepare for a Champions league clash with Juventus
‘We have to respect Celtic and wait until it is all completed. There is nothing to consider as a player if a club like Celtic decides to call you.
‘You get on a plane and you get there. That is what we have done.’
Dahan also represents Nigeria left-back Juwon Oshinawa, who was
yesterday linked with a potential move to Parkhead through reports in
The agent offered a terse ‘no comment’ when asked about potential
interest in the 22-year-old, who is currently preparing, alongside
Ambrose, to represent his country.
Banned: Wilson is to miss two matches
Meanwhile, Celtic manager Neil Lennon tonight expressed his
disappointment with the Fast Track Tribunal’s decision regarding Wilson,
after the player lost his appeal against his two-match ban.
The defender had been charged with violent conduct after catching Baird
with an elbow during his side’s 2-0 victory over Dundee at Dens Park on
Wilson will now sit out the SPL games with Hearts and St Johnstone later this month.
‘Clearly we are very disappointed with today’s decision and, unfortunately, there is no right of appeal available,’ said Lennon.
‘We find it disappointing that Kelvin has been found guilty of violent
conduct, particularly when the other player involved has stated that it
was an accidental incident.’