Celtic news – New Kayal contract, Australia tour plan, Aberdeen team news

New Kayal contract.

According to the Glasgow Evening Times, Beram Kayal will be happy to remain a Celtic player next season and plans are in place to reward the Israeli midfielder with an improved contract.

The 22-year-old penned a four-year deal when he was signed from Maccabi Haifa last July and his form this season has led to interest from several clubs, including Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Kayal´s agent, Dudu Dahan, was in Glasgow two weeks ago to discuss his client´s future, but far from talking about leaving Parkhead he made assurances that the player would be receptive to the idea of continuing his career in Scotland.

Boss Neil Lennon said: “Beram is happy here. It would not surprise me if people are turning his head a little bit. But we have had a chat with him and his agent and they are very content.”

Australia tour plan.

Celtic are thought to be on the verge of announcing a forthcoming summer tour to Australia with one of the dates likely to be a July 2nd fixture against Perth Glory.

The Adelaide Advertiser has revealed that the Hoops expect to confirm at least two matches against A-League opposition as part of a July tour, with one of those taking place at Perth´s 20,500-capacity NIB Stadium.

Glory are currently coached by former Rangers player Ian Ferguson, who previously guided North Queensland Fury to seventh spot in their debut A-League season, and number Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler among their ranks.

Celtic last toured Australia two years ago when they faced Brisbane Roar at the Suncorp Stadium in a match organised by Lisbon Lion Willie Wallace, which they won 3-0.

Aberdeen team news.

Hoops manager Neil Lennon has an almost full squad to choose from for the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen on Sunday reports the Sporting Life.

Swedish defender Daniel Majstorovic is back in training after fracturing his toe but is not expected to figure at Hampden, while Andreas Hinkel is also on the mend following his cruciate ligament injury.

Former Celtic midfielder Paul Hartley could return for the Dons, having missed the last five games with a knee injury, but David McNamee (hamstring) and Rory McArdle (shoulder) are both out along with long-term injury victims Yoann Folly, Darren Mackie and Fraser Fyvie.

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

Aberdeen (from): Langfield, Diamond, Smith, Aluko, Considine, Vujadinovic, Milsom, Vernon, Blackman, Maguire, Magennis, Howard, Young, Pawlett, Jack, Paton, Anderson, Hartley.

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