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Israel defender Rami Gershon closes on move to Celtic

Updated: Thursday, 03 Jan 2013 19:31 | Comments

Rami Gershon (right) is in Glasgow to hold talks with Celtic
Rami Gershon (right) is in Glasgow to hold talks with Celtic

Israel defender Rami Gershon has arrived in Scotland hoping to clinch a move to Celtic tomorrow.

The 24-year-old is currently with Belgian side Standard Liege, but has made just one appearance this season.

It is understood that Gershon and his agent, Dudu Dahan, will discuss the possibility of a permanent or loan deal with the Scottish champions.

On his arrival at Glasgow Airport today, Gershon told STV: "I am very happy to be here. I am very excited to have the opportunity to play for Celtic.

"I just hope that everything will be done tomorrow and then I can speak more."

Gershon admitted he had not yet discussed the possible move with Celtic midfielder and fellow Israeli Beram Kayal.

He said: "I haven't spoken to him yet. He is a good friend of mine but everything was very quick so I didn't find the time to speak to him.

"But in the past he has told me only good things about Celtic."

Dahan interrupted to add: "There is nothing to talk about. If a club like Celtic calls you then you should go on the plane and that is what we did."

If Gershon signs, he could be added to the club's Champions League squad for their last-16 tie with Juventus.

Neil Lennon is permitted to replace up to three players in his 25-man list for the tournament.

Gershon's arrival comes as defender Kelvin Wilson discovered that he will serve a two-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct by the Scottish Football Association's Fast Track Tribunal.

Wilson was issued with a notice of complaint for "striking an opposing player, namely John Baird, with his elbow" during Celtic's 2-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park on St Stephen's Day.

Wilson contested the charge but it was upheld, with the suspension applied with immediate effect.

That means he will miss the Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Hearts at Celtic Park after the winter break on January 19 and the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final against St Mirren at Hampden the following weekend.

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