FORMER Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal is a free agent after his contract with Brighton expired.

The 32-year-old Israeli international, who was bought by Neil Lennon from Maccabi Haifa in 2010 and sold by Ronny Deila five years later, is up for grabs after spending five seasons at the top-flight outfit.

The club made the announcement in a tweet and hailed him as a “true professional”.

Kayal, a fans’ favourite at the champions, spent the whole of last season on loan at second-tier club Charlton.

Injuries dogged his career at Parkhead – particularly after ankle ligament problems following a wayward challenge by Lee McCulloch – but he recovered to play a huge part in Brighton’s return to the Premier League in his first season at the club.

Lennon rated the hard-working engine-room operator so highly he named him stand-in captain in a few games.


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