Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Beram Kayal is relishing the prospect of returning north of the border this evening when his Israel side take on Scotland in the UEFA Nations League at Hampden Park.
The Albion man spent five years with Celtic, winning four titles and making well over 100 appearances in the process – and he looked back on his time in the Scottish city fondly.
He said, “I arrived in Glasgow as a boy and left as a man - I grew up in my time at Celtic and I had some great experiences inside and outside of football.
“Coming back will be emotional because I have so many good memories from my time there. I love Glasgow and I love Scotland.
“Glasgow is a great place for me. It’s a special city in my life - I had happy times at Celtic and to come back for this game will be special.
“My son Pirlo was born in Scotland too, that’s another reason why I love the place.”
The two sides meet tonight in a crucial UEFA Nations League C contest, knowing that a win for the hosts would see them seal a Euro 2020 play-off place at Israel’s expense, whilst the Albion man’s nation need just a point to achieve the same feat.
“I’m looking forward to going back but it’s not about my previous life in Glasgow - it is about winning and finishing top of our group.
“All I am focusing on is the football as this is a big game, it’s always tough playing against Scotland and this will be no different.
“They need to win, and they will have the support of the fans behind them - it won’t be an easy game, but I don’t think there is much between the teams.
“I look at the squads and I think there is the same level of quality, I don’t see a big difference, but this is a tough game in front of the Scottish fans.”
Israel have found form at the right time under new manager Andreas Herzog and having won their last three games in all competitions, Kayal highlighted the good feeling within the squad ahead of tonight’s contest.
“We have a very good manager with new ideas and we are building the trust and confidence.
“At the beginning of this group, it wasn’t easy — but now we look a different team and we’re in good form.”
Supporters can watch how Beram and Israel get on this evening on Sky Sports Main Event - kick off is at 7.45pm.