Brighton ace Beram Kayal has told The Scottish Sun that he has no angst towards Celtic boss Ronny Deila following his departure earlier this year.
Kayal, 27, joined Celtic from Maccabi Haifa in his native Israel back in the summer of 2010, and immediately became a mainstay of the Bhoys side under Neil Lennon.
Initially, Kayal looked like he could move on to play in the Premier League, and whilst he made almost 150 appearances for the club, injuries plagued his time in Scotland.
After just six league starts under Ronny Deila in the first half of last season, Kayal decided it was time to move on, and he left Celtic in order to join Championship club Brighton and Hove Albion in January.
Kayal has been a regular for the Seagulls, but almost a year after this exit from Celtic Park, the Israeli international has looked back on his time at Celtic.
Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Kayal has admitted that it was just time for a change of scenery having been at Celtic for nearly five years, whilst he also opened up about his relationship with Norwegian boss Deila.
Kayal stated that whilst he felt he was fit to play, Deila disagreed, and whilst the midfielder slipped down the pecking order, he says there are no hard feelings towards the current Bhoys manager.
"It was time to try something different after four-and-a-half years at Celtic," said Kayal. "When Ronny arrived, he didn’t have too much information about me. In our first meeting, he said, ‘I know you’ve had a lot of injuries, but I want to see you in games’. After the first training camp, he said he liked me and that I was going to be a good option for him."
"After that, I started games in the Champions League qualifiers and I began to feel I was back. But in September, I suffered a groin injury and when I got back fit, I was outside the squad. I asked Ronny why I wasn’t in the squad and he said, ‘You are not fit enough’. I felt ready but he said my fitness had to be higher. So I said, ‘If I’m training, I need to be in the squad’.
"I was at the point of my career when I needed to be playing games. So I asked to leave the club and that’s what happened. I don’t have any hard feelings with Ronny. I was honest and that’s how I am with every manager. I needed to play games and that wasn’t going to happen at Celtic," he added.