Hatem Elhamed has sent the Celtic fans a heart-warming message as his agent published his comments on social media.
Elhamed ended his 19-month relationship with the Parkhead club yesterday. He’s instead gone back home to Israel to play with Hapoel Be’er Sheva, the club Celtic initially signed him from in the first place.
The Hoops reportedly bagged £800k for the deal [Scottish Sun], which occurred due to the fact Hatem was unsettled in Scotland. He left having made 30 appearances for the club in total during his year-and-a-half in Scotland.
And his agent yesterday posted a touching message from his client on Twitter as he admitted he’ll always love his now-former club:
“To all Celtic fans.thank you for the support, understanding and love.I will be grateful forever for the privilege of playing for you.@CelticFC will stay in my heart forever and ever” pic.twitter.com/h3bBvLFn5i
— Dudu Dahan (@dududahan555) February 10, 2021
Elhamed strikes the right note with Celtic supporters; deserves credit for treble success
Many will look at Elhamed’s 15 appearances last season and question the impact he had on our treble success. But in reality, it was still a substantial one.
Before his injury back in October 2019 which would keep him out for five months, he played his part in some big matches. He was key in bossing Sheyi Ojo and Alfredo Morelos back in our 2-0 win at Ibrox. He also featured in three of our four Betfred Cup matches last season. That’s not including his displays in the double-header against Lazio.
Let’s not pretend Elhamed didn’t make any contribution to the club. He played a major role in getting us off to a flying first few months of the campaign last season. No, it doesn’t make him a Celtic legend, but he can feel satisfied in knowing he played his role.
If Be’er Sheva can give Hatem his love of football back, he can still be a fine footballer. At 29, he still has plenty to offer back in his homeland. He’s proven with us that he can compete at the highest level too. There’s plenty to be positive about for Be’er Sheva when it comes to this deal.
Of course, it could be the case that Elhamed and Celtic meet again in European qualifiers in the future. We’ll see whether that proves to be the case, but he’ll certainly be a difficult foe for any left-winger to face.
Hopefully, he gets his career going again. Elhamed certainly won’t be getting a statute at Parkhead, but he still made his mark at a time when we needed him to do so.