Celtic news – Hay: Kayal no Maradona, Tynecastle ticket allocation reduced, Accrington friendly in doubt

Hay: Kayal no Maradona.

Former Celtic boss David Hay has told Beram Kayal he is not Diego Maradona and to bear this in mind when negotiations over a new contract begin shortly.

Kayal is being chased by clubs in England and Hay believes his recent appointment of ´superagent` Pini Zahavi is a warning to Celtic they must not be held to ransom.

“Celtic need to be strong when it comes to handling the situation which is developing around Beram Kayal,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.

“I am an admirer of the player, who had a good first season after he recovered from his groin surgery. But let’s keep things in perspective here. Beram is not Maradona, but he has appointed a new agent and that is a concern as it looks to me like it could mean trouble because he could now be looking for big money.”

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Tynecastle ticket allocation reduced.

Hearts are planning to reduce Celtic´s ticket allocation when the clubs next meet at Tynecastle.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon was attacked by a fan who ran on the pitch during a match on May 11 and the Edinburgh club are keen to ensure there is no repeat of last month´s scenes.

Stewarding is also set to be increased around the team dugouts and a statement on the Hearts Website said: “The club will reduce the Parkhead outfit’s ticket allocation by around 400 for the next match at Tynecastle. This will create two ‘clear’ zones at the lower corners of the Roseburn Stand, which will help reduce potential flashpoints.

“These plans will be put in place in advance of the next match versus Celtic at Tynecastle and have the support of both the police and the stewards.”

Accrington friendly in doubt.

Plans to hold an Accrington Stanley versus Celtic testimonial match for manager John Coleman have been plunged into doubt because of policing costs, reports the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

Neil Lennon agreed last month to send a side to the Crown Ground for the match, which would also act as a pre-season friendly, although no date had been announced. However, it is now thought the cost of policing the game would be too high.

Chief Inspector Damian Darcy said: “We have been in contact with officials from Accrington Stanley in relation to policing this particular match. In this case there is a high risk of disorder and therefore the proposed police staffing levels have been set accordingly.”

Coleman, in charge for 12 years, said: “There’s a doubt over the game now because the police want to make it a high risk category fixture, which I’m disappointed about.”

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