Elyounoussi, Frimpong, Ajeti and Brown react to Hatem Abd Elhamed Celtic exit on Instagram

By John McGinley

February 11, 2021

Hatem Abd Elhamed appears to have been a popular member of the Celtic dressing room, going by the reaction of his former teammates on Instagram.

Elhamed’s exit to Hapoel Be’er Sheva was confirmed by the club yesterday.

It has been reported that Celtic will receive £800,000 for his services, half the amount it cost to bring him to Glasgow.

The goodbyes would follow.

Be’er Sheva’s new defender was quick to pay tribute to the Celtic support and the club on Instagram, posting photo highlights of his time at the Bhoys.

He said: “It was my pleasure and my honour to be Celtic Player one of the biggest clubs around the world. Some amazing memories will stay with me all my life.
Thanks and my Best Wishes to you all 💚🍀.”

Celtic players say goodbye to Hatem Abd Elhamed on Instagram

In the comments were a number of Celtic stars past and present, eager to send messages of support to the player.

Scott Brown said: “All the best my man with your new adventure 😘”

Nir Bitton is obviously a little sadder to see his countryman leave, going for the simple emoji response with: “😢❤️”

Mohamed Elyounoussi was clearly a fan, stating: “Good luck bro! You’re gonna be missed👊🏼❤️”

Albian Ajeti is also going to miss Elhamed, commenting: “All the best habibiiiii, gonna miss you ❤️🤜🏼🤛🏼”

Mikey Johnston went for the classic green heart with: “Good luck my man💪🏻💚”

Jeremie Frimpong, having already left the club of course, said: “All the best brother💕👊🏾”

Elhamed will now hope a return to his former club revitalises his career and gives him the off the pitch comfort he needs.

His move to Celtic did threaten to be a productive one after glimpses of quality last season.

Celtic defender Hatem Abd Elhamed / (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/SNS Group via Getty Images)

However, injury was the predominant theme of his debut campaign and this term, mistakes were plentiful.

It’s the right decision for all parties that he returns to Israel.

In the short-term, Jonjoe Kenny is proving to be an adequate alternative. The long-term, like everything else at Celtic, has yet to be decided.

In other news, there’s been an update on Celtic and season ticket compensation.