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Kayal backing new boy Balde to adapt well to Celtic life

Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal expects teammate Amido Balde to slowly adjust to life in Glasgow.

The 22-year old Portuguese striker, who speaks very little English, joined the Scottish champions from VitoriaGuimaraes earlier this summer and has been quietly going about his business since arriving.

A subpar pre-season culminated in the match-winning goal in a friendly against Liverpool in Dublin on Saturday and Israeli international Kayal hopes Balde can kick on from that and learn more about his surrounding environment at his new club.

"Not everyone knows how difficult it is to be a new player in a team, coming from another country. It is even harder for Amido because he does not speak the language," Kayal told the Daily Record.

"I speak very good English now, so it is okay for me. But mentally it is hard at the start so he needs time here.

"His goal against Liverpool will give him a lot of confidence for the next few games. We need everyone in the squad to be ready so we hope this gives him a real boost.

"If you play in a big game and you score the winner and have a good performance that has to make you more confident.

"I believe that will be the case for Amido. It's a great start for him and hopefully it can continue because that's the most important thing.

"I've tried to help him settle at Celtic. I try to help everybody because we are a team here. A lot of players helped me when I arrived in 2010 so I try to help others like Amido as that makes it easier for everyone to do their job."

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