Paddy McCourt encouraged Beram Kayal to leave Celtic for Brighton switch

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Brighton midfielder Beram Kayal has revealed that his former Celtic team mate Paddy McCourt encouraged him to join the Seagulls.

After falling behind the likes of Scott Brown, Stefan Johansen and Nir Bitton in the pecking order at Celtic, midfielder Beram Kayal always looked likely to leave the club when the winter transfer window opened.

The 26-year-old Israeli international has had his fair share of injury problems in recent years, and a fresh start was the best course of action for all parties concerned, with Kayal joining Brighton and Hove Albion on a two-and-a-half deal in January.

Kayal marked his Brighton debut with a goal against Nottingham Forest, and has started the two following games as he becomes an important part of Chris Hughton's side.

Now, in an interview with local newspaper The Argus, Kayal has revealed that his former Celtic team mate Paddy McCourt advised him to make the move to the Amex Stadium.

"I called him before I signed and he gave me plenty of good advice," said Kayal. "He was very positive about the club and told me how good the fans were and also how nice the city is. He's been a big help since I came here."

McCourt left Celtic in 2013 after 66 appearances for the club, and after a spell with Barnsley, joined Brighton last summer on a free transfer - only to be a bit-part figure with the Seagulls in recent weeks.

With no appearances since Boxing Day, McCourt is struggling to make an impact under Hughton, but still helped the club in encouraging Kayal to make the move to Brighton.

And after an impressive start to life in the Championship, Hughton and Brighton fans must be pleased with the role McCourt played in Kayal's January transfer.

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