Kayal aiming for European success

  • Last Updated: August 6 2012, 10:20 BST

Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal is relishing the prospect of Champions League action returning to Celtic Park, after returning to action last weekend after a horror 2011 season.

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Kayal returned to competitive action on Saturday, as Celtic made a solid start to the season with a 1-0 win over Aberdeen. Apart from a substitute appearance on the final day of last season, Kayal had been on the side-lines for eight months after ankle surgery.

After making his comeback, Kayal is ready and wants to be thrown into the spotlight in Helsinki and try help Celtic stay on course to reach the group stage.

Kayal, who sat out the first game on the bench, firmly believes Celtic have the talent to progress on Wednesday night.

He said: "We are feeling good after winning two home games. That has been important for the confidence of the players and we now need to do the job on Wednesday to finish our work.

We have great players and talent but we need to go step by step for the Champions League and win games, especially the one in Helsinki. Everything is possible in football after two years together as a squad with the manager we are building something good."

Boss Neil Lennon admitted in the summer that a star name may have to leave, should Celtic fail to reach the group stages. Kayal is determined to stay positive, despite attracting attention from recently promoted Southampton.

Kayal told the Daily Record,

"Playing for Celtic is the best feeling I've had in football but the Champions League is something different. I'm waiting to hear the music for the Champions League at Celtic Park and I'm hoping we can do it. I want to get back to enjoying every day because it's a hard feeling to wake up every morning feeling pain and not being able to do things you like to do.

I have a plan and that's to play well and give my best for Celtic."