Israel defender Rami Gershon will join Celtic at their Marbella training camp after agreeing a six-month loan deal, according to his agent.
The Standard Liege defender flew into Glasgow for talks with Celtic on Friday and agent Dudu Dahan claims that his transfer had been agreed subject to work permit issues. Dahan posted a picture of his client signing a contract at Celtic Park on his Scoutpush company’s Facebook page, and it appears that only a visa is needed to conclude the transfer.
Dahan said a six-month loan deal had been agreed with the further option of a three-year contract. The agent added that Gershon would travel to Belgium to sort his work papers and would then join Celtic in Spain, where they will travel later this week. The 24-year-old spent much of last year on loan to Liege’s Belgian top-tier rivals Kortrijk. He could help fill the void left by Efe Ambrose while the Nigeria defender is on African Nations Cup duty.
Meanwhile, winger Kris Commons believes that the SPL winter break has come at the perfect moment, despite interrupting his comeback from injury. Commons returned after six games out with a thigh problem when Celtic rounded off the first part of their league campaign with a 1-0 win over Motherwell on 2 January.
While the Scotland international had not played much football immediately beforehand, Celtic had played two games each week since mid-November and the break allows them to recharge ahead of their Champions League clash against Juventus on 12 February.
Commons believes that the break will be a welcome lift for the likes of Scott Brown, who has been playing through a hip problem. The 29-year-old told the Celtic View: “It will be like a mini pre-season and it will get our minds back in gear ahead of a few really big months. We have both domestic cups as well and we want to win them, so everyone has to be fit and ready to be called upon.
“We’ve struggled at times with injuries and had to patch people up but they’ve all worked hard to get to this break and give their bodies a rest. You look at Browny doing everything he can to play games, and he managed to get through them with good performances at the same time.
“That’s credit to him and how much he wants to play and win with the club – I admire that. He’s a role model in terms of his captaincy, leadership qualities and he sacrifices a lot of his own game to give the likes of me, Hoops (Gary Hooper) and Sami (Georgios Samaras) the freedom we need to express ourselves going forward.”