Celtic´s SPL title hopes have received a further blow with the news that influential midfield playmaker Beram Kayal has fractured his wrist and will be out for the remainder of the season.
A statement on Celtic´s Official Website read: “Beram Kayal will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a fracture to his right wrist against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Wednesday evening.
“The midfielder had to be stretchered off deep into the second-half of the 3-2 defeat in the Highlands after colliding with Caley defender Ross Tokely. He now requires surgery and faces a possible two to three months of rehabilitation.”
The Israeli, who has made 34 appearances this term, will not be available for the final three league fixtures against Kilmarnock, Hearts and Motherwell or the Scottish Cup final with Motherwell on May 21.
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Title race not over says Lennon.
Despite the Hoops having handed the initiative back to Rangers in the title race, Neil Lennon is refusing to concede defeat, reports the Glasgow Evening Times.
“Of course the league championship is not over,” said the Celtic manager. “There´s one point in it with three games to go and anything can happen.”
Even so, Lennon knows there will need to be a drastic improvement on Wednesday´s performance at the Caledonian Stadium and will be expecting more from frontmen Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper, who were both substituted.
“They did not look like scoring in this game,” he explained. “Daryl Murphy got us further up the pitch when he came on and won plenty of aerial battles, but we didn´t do enough on second balls.
“We got the ball into decent areas wide, but our final ball was rubbish.”
Murphy: We need a favour.
Daryl Murphy has lived through the tension of the final day of the season before and recognises his Celtic side need someone to do them a favour.
Murphy was playing for Sunderland four years ago when they went on to win the Championship after going into the last day knowing it was out of their hands.
“When I was at Sunderland we won the league on the last day of the season at Luton Town,” he told the Scottish Sun. “We needed a favour to do it so I’ll never give up hope after that experience.
“On that occasion Preston needed to beat Birmingham for us to finish top of the league. They beat Birmingham and we won 5-0 so that was a good memory for me.
“It’s not impossible. It can easily be done. I’ve done it, so hopefully I can do it again.”