Celtic duo lead Israel team meeting; given extra Scotland responsibility
Celtic duo Hatem Elhamed and Nir Bitton have been given added responsibility ahead of Israel’s clash against Scotland on Friday.
The Hoops pair, alongside Hibernian’s Ofir Marciano, know all about many of the players Scotland will field at Hampden Park.
And Israel coach Willi Ruttensteiner says the trio led the way in the pre-match briefing.
“The Scottish-based players held the team meeting”, he said, as reported by the BBC.
“They know the opposition much better than me, they have all the information, so that is much better than watching a video.
“We have spoken a lot about the Scotland team as they have a lot of players who play in the top league here.”
Hampden clash will have a Celtic tinge
It will be interesting to see how Bitton and Elhamed get on against some of their Celtic team-mates tonight.
The likes of Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie and James Forrest should all play for the Hoops – and it could make for some interesting viewing for Celtic fans at home.
Bitton was injured when Israel last visited Hampden in 2018, while Elhamed also didn’t feature.
Another Celtic favourite, Beram Kayal, scored a cracker that night, before a James Forrest hat-trick secured a momentous win for the Scots.
Don’t be surprised if there’s a similar Celtic narrative in the game tonight.