Kayal backs Rangers decision

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Beram Kayal, left, has backed the decision to send Rangers into Division Three
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Beram Kayal, left, has backed the decision to send Rangers into Division Three

Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal believes entering newco Rangers into the bottom tier of Scottish football was the right decision.

Charles Green's newco club had their Scottish Premier League application rejected and have since been voted into the Irn-Bru Third Division by Scottish Football League clubs. Kayal, who is taking part in Celtic's pre-season after missing the second half of last season due to an ankle injury, reckons the correct choices were made regarding the Ibrox club.

"We are talking about the Rangers situation a lot and my feeling is that when it happened to Juventus, Serie A got a lot weaker so what can we say about the Scottish Premier League?," the Israel international told reporters.

"However, being fair is more important than anything else and I think that for football this decision is the right one. I'm happy I'm at a clean and healthy club with a big tradition and lots of titles."

Neil Lennon's side host Barclays Premier League outfit Norwich on Tuesday before welcoming Inter Milan to Celtic Park on Saturday.

With the Champions League qualifiers also on the horizon Kayal knows it is important to use the friendly fixtures to be fully prepared for their European clash with either HJK Helsinki or KR Reykjavik.

"European competition is starting soon," said Kayal, who did not feature in the 4-0 friendly defeat to Ajax on Saturday as a precaution.

"These friendly games are made to build the team's confidence and to lose isn't good. Players just got back from Euro 2012 and some of them are not in shape.

"We changed a lot of things, we are trying a new strategy but I believe that with this squad we will run forward."

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