Scottish Premier League: Rami Gershon to Sign for Celtic on Loan

Paul Mullaney@@contepomi90Contributor IIJanuary 4, 2013

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Keen to strengthen his squad going into a busy second half of the season, which will see Celtic compete on four fronts—the SPL, the Champions League, the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup—Neil Lennon has acted quickly, opting to strengthen his defence. 

Israeli international Rami Gershon is set to join the Parkhead side on a loan move from Belgian club Standard Liege until the end of the season with a view to making the move permanent in the summer, and is believed to be in Glasgow at the moment for a medical (Daily Record).

A left-sided centre-back, Gershon will provide cover and competition for places within the squad. With Efe Ambrose absent at least until the end of the group stages of the African Nations Cup, he should have a chance to prove his worth.

In addition, since he hasn't played in Europe this season, Gershon isn't cup-tied, and will therefore be available for Celtic's Champions League tie with Juventus should he impress enough to warrant a place in the starting XI between now and then.

Speaking to the Daily Record, the defender said:

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

Alongside Beram Kayal, Gershon will become the second Israeli player in Neil Lennon's squad. He revealed how the two are friends and that from him he had heard "only good things about Celtic."