Celtic fans thrilled by Hatem Abd Elhamed's comeback performance vs Reykjavik

By John McGinley

August 18, 2020

Hatem Abd Elhamed started his first competitive match since November 2019 tonight against KR Reykjavik, helping Celtic to a dominant 6-0 victory in UEFA Champions League qualifying.

Neil Lennon’s Bhoys will now move on to the next stage, where they’ll face either Ferencvaros, champions of Hungary, or Sweden’s Djurgardens.

They face off tomorrow night but whoever gets through will have a daunting trip to Celtic Park ahead.

Celtic never looked like slipping up tonight.

Lennon’s unit were strong, motivated and ambitious with the ball, creating plenty of opportunities and effectively brushing the visitors aside.

Celtic before the Reykjavik match / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With the lack of crowd and atmosphere, it really did have the vibe of a training game.

The standard of opposition must be taken into account when considering Elhamed’s performance, but the signs were there he is ready to stake a claim for a more regular starting place.

Blighted by injury and fitness issues, the Israeli international hasn’t had much luck since moving to the club last summer.

His last start actually came against Lazio in the 2-1 win away from home in Italy, though he has come off the bench in our opening two games of the season.

Tonight he looked athletic, quick, composed and an all-round solid choice on the right flank.

Hatem Abd Elhamed before a Celtic match / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If he can maintain his fitness then Lennon will have a headache determining who should play – Elhamed or the impressive Jeremie Frimpong.

These fans loved his performance, taking to Twitter tonight to share their thoughts during the thumping win…