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Kayal focused on trophy hunt

Midfielder Beram Kayal insists it is too soon to hail Celtic's season as a success - but admits they have "done really well so far".

The Hoops remain in contention for a domestic treble as they seek to retain the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title and come out on top in both cup competitions.

Neil Lennon's men have also booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League, where they have a glamour tie with Juventus to look forward to.

Kayal is hopeful of claiming silverware this term but is taking nothing for granted just yet.

He told Celtic's website: "It's too early for us to say if it has been an amazing season. We've done really well so far but we're focused on trying to win trophies.

"It will only be in May that we'll be able to say if it's been a good season.

"We want to be successful for the club, for the fans, the manager and for ourselves as players and we will be doing our best to do that.

"We've done half the job in staying in all the four competitions and now we want to complete the job.

"We're very focused and we're here in Spain to work hard so that we come back hungry and ready for the games."

Kayal used the early part of the winter break to spend a few days in Israel with his family, but has now joined the rest of his Celtic team-mates at their training camp in Marbella.

He added: "We've had a lot of games in the first half of the season and it's going to be the same when we go back.

"So it's good to have the break, spend a few days off, and then get back together and start working again so we're ready for the games starting again.

"I managed to get home for a few days to see my family. It was a short break but it was great to see them.

"Because of the season, it's been five or six months since I've seen them so it was good.

"This is obviously the first winter break I've had in Scotland but it was something I was used to with Maccabi Haifa in Israel.

"This is like a mini pre-season for us and we're here to work."