Celtic news – Kayal opens talks, Larsson statue unveiled, Lennon: I enjoyed every minute

Kayal opens talks.

The Hoops have opened talks with midfielder Beram Kayal as they attempt to keep him out of the clutches of several Premiership clubs.

Both Aston Villa and Bolton have shown recent interest in the 23-year-old but Celtic are now ready to offer him an improved contract to keep him at the club.

Kayal, signed last summer from Maccabi Haifa, has impressed with some superb displays this season and he told the Daily Record: “Celtic spoke to me this week and we have opened negotiations on a new contract.

“Last season I received quite a few offers but I told all the clubs I want to be at Celtic. It is important to me that both Celtic and myself are satisfied with any new deal.

“It is nice to get other proposals but it is most important for me to stay.”

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Larsson statue unveiled.

Celtic legend Henrik Larsson will be present at a ceremony in his hometown of Helsingborg on Thursday when a statue of him is unveiled in front of the city´s Olympic Stadium, reports the Official Celtic Website.

The Hoops will be represented in Sweden by European Cup winner Bertie Auld, who won the competition with the Lisbon lions in 1967, after the club contributed a number of items to raise the final total required for the work to around £50,000.

Larsson, currently manager of Swedish second division club Lanskrona Bols, scored an unbelievable 242 goals in 314 games for Celtic and the bronze tribute has been organised by brothers Oscar and Carl Akerstrom.

Other clubs and players who played alongside Larsson have also helped in the fundraising effort.

Lennon: I enjoyed every minute.

Last season was like no other for Neil Lennon, but the Celtic boss insists he enjoyed every moment and is relishing the challenge in front of him.

Lennon had to contend with several off-field issues, including suspect packages in the post and an alleged assault from a fan, yet he ended on a high with victory over Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final.

Speaking to the Celtic View, he said: “I have enjoyed it immensely. I have enjoyed every minute of it and been very comfortable in the role. I never really felt under any amount of pressure – certainly not from inside the club.

“We have the nucleus of a very good team for the future but the question is whether I, the backroom staff and the players can handle the expectations. But that is the challenge in front of us.”

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