Celtic's Kayal out for the season

Celtic star Beram Kayal has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his ankle.

The Israel international was forced to leave the field on a stretcher during Celtic’s 1-0 win over Rangers on December 28 following a challenge with Lee McCulloch.

Kayal, who signed a new five-year deal with Celtic in October, will now hope to return to action in pre-season.

"This is very sad news for Beram,” Celtic boss Neil Lennon told the club’s official website.

“He has been brilliant for us and instrumental in our performances during the season.

"He will definitely be a big loss for us, but more importantly we are disappointed for him to be missing such a large part of the season at a time when he was playing so well.

"Clearly his health and fitness is now our priority and we will be making sure he gets our total support during the coming period."

    Last updated: 1:01pm, January 10 2012