Celtic news – Celtic v St Mirren team news, Kayal agent calms exit talk, Commons will fight for place

Celtic v St Mirren team news.

Winger Shaun Maloney is in line to make his Celtic comeback against St Mirren on Saturday after being sidelined for more than four months with an ankle injury, reports Sky Sports News.

Dutch defender Glenn Loovens has also recovered from a hamstring strain, although Daryl Murphy is doubtful with a groin injury. However, Daniel Mastorovic is still ruled out with a fractured toe along with Andreas Hinkel (knee).

St Mirren defender Lee Mair is in contention after missing the midweek win over Aberdeen while Paul McGowan is absent under the terms of his loan deal.

Celtic (from): Forster, Wilson, Mulgrew, Rogne, Loovens, Izaguirre, Brown, Ki, Ledley, Kayal, Samaras, Commons, Maloney, Hooper, Zaluska, Stokes, Ljungberg, Forrest.

St Mirren (from): Gallacher, McAusland, Travner, McGregor, Potter, Thomson, Barron, Goodwin, Dargo, Higdon, McLean, Murray, Van Zanten, Mair, Mooy, Cregg, Barron, Samson.

Kayal agent calms exit talk.

Beram Kayal´s agent, Dudu Dahan, met with Hoops boss Neil Lennon this week but was quick to allay any exit talks concerning his player.

“For the moment we are not talking about anything regarding Beram,” Dahan told the Glasgow Evening Times. “We will wait until the end of the season, until Celtic are champions. I will not say anything because I will not ruin Beram’s fantastic season or his focus.”

The 22-year-old Israeli midfielder has had a fantastic first season in Scotland after being signed from Maccabi Haifa in July, 2010 and has attracted plenty of interest from English Premiership clubs, most notably Liverpool and Manchester United.

Kayal still has three years of his contract to run and was recently quoted as saying it could take a £10m offer to prise him away from Parkhead.

Commons will fight for place.

Winger Kris Commons was left on the bench for the midweek win over Hibernian, but the former Derby Country man believes competition for places can only benefit the team during the title run-in.

“It is always good to be involved but we have a big squad with players coming back from injury,” he told the club´s official website. “When you have a lot of games coming up in a short space of time then everybody is going to have to be fully fit. For us to be in this situation when we are all fighting for places then it is a good place to be.”

Commons understandably wants to play, but knows the team´s success is the priority: “For us it is all about the team and winning the league, that is what you live for, so it is good just now,” he said.

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