Brighton confirm Beram Kayal departure in gushing social media post

By Hamish Carton

July 23, 2020

Beram Kayal will leave Brighton and Hove Albion at the end of the Premier League season.

The former Celtic midfielder has spent five years with the Seagulls, although his last appearance came back in May 2019.

The Neil Lennon Hoops signing recently spent time on loan at Charlton Athletic, but failed to make an impact in the English Championship.

The 32-year-old will now be available as a free agent this summer, after the Premier League club confirmed his exit on Thursday.

Brighton posted a gushing message calling Kayal a “true professional” and “a fantastic club servant” while they even went to the trouble of creating a minute long video featuring his highlights.

Brighton boss Graham Potter said: “The last few months have been tough for Beram because of injury, and I appreciate his first-team opportunities have been limited, but his professionalism and attitude during my time here has been first class.

Brighton boss Graham Potter (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

“I know he was an important player for the club, and that he will always be highly regarded by Albion fans for the part he played in getting the team promoted to and then established in the Premier League.

“On behalf of everyone here, I would like to wish him every success in the future.”

Kayal could add some strength to Celtic midfield options

Talk about a potential return to Celtic may now arise and, while many may be against the idea initially, it may actually make some sense.

Kayal is still only 32, and probably has a good four of five years left in him at a decent level.

He and Lennon seemed to have a really positive relationship during his first stint in Glasgow, and a return may suit both parties.

Kayal and Lennon embrace (Ian MacNicol/AFP via Getty Images)

Our current central-midfield options look a little bare with Scott Robertson and Luca Connell far away from starting berths, and Nir Bitton now apparently seen as more of a defensive option.

Kayal could offer us some reassurance in that department and would know what to expect in Scotland.

He already knows Bitton and fellow international team-mate Hatem Elhamed, while Scott Brown and James Forrest would also be familiar figures.

The main question mark over Kayal are his recent injury problems. But if the club could agree a deal that negated their risk, then it may be worth considering.

Especially when he wouldn’t cost us a transfer fee.