Hapoel Be'er Sheva manager pleased with Celtic deal

By David Walton

July 21, 2019

Hapoel Be’er Sheva manager Barak Bakhar has stated that he’s pleased to do a deal with a club like Celtic.

The Hoops are reportedly set to have defender Hatem Abd Elhamed in Glasgow for a medical imminently. The two clubs have both agreed a deal in the region of £2million. (Daily Record).

It’s the first-ever agreement Celtic have struck with Hapoel Be’er Sheva, even if it’s not the first time we’ve crossed paths with them. Celtic knocked Be’er Sheva out of Champions League qualifying back in 2016. Outside of that, however, the two clubs have no history together.

Barak Bakhar rates Hatem Abd Elhamed highly (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

And speaking in the Scottish Sun, Bakhar gave off the vibe that his club are honoured to be doing a deal with the Scottish champions.

“We are delighted for Hatem and are happy for our club because of the transfer fee.

“It is not every day that a player from Be’er Sheva makes such a big transfer to a huge club like Celtic.

“However, in terms of our squad, this is a massive loss and it will be very difficult to get along without him, but that’s football.”

Barak Bakhar comments prove Celtic remain a household name

It’s fair to say our reputation in Europe may have taken a bit of a pounding recently. Pummelings in the Brendan Rodgers era to PSG and Barcelona left some nasty bruises. The fact we won just one out of 12 Champions League matches under Rodgers post-qualifiers didn’t help either.

Celtic’s reputation continues to be high in Europe (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

But there remains real star-power in Celtic when it comes to doing deals with foreign clubs. Be’er Sheva follow Karpaty Lviv in expressing their delight at doing a deal with the Glasgow giants. It proves that, despite our recent struggles on the continent, it hasn’t stopped the fact we’re a huge draw for many across Europe.

It’s positive to see that Be’er Sheva see him leaving as having left a huge hole in their playing squad. Unsuccessful spells in Europe with the likes of Gent and Dinamo Bucuresti shows that he has something big to prove outside of Israel.

Whether he can do that at Parkhead remains to be seen. We spoke earlier about how it’s impossible to know exactly where Celtic even see him playing, despite the fact he played centre-back for Be’er Sheva last season. His pedigree as a right-back has also been well documented.

Hatem Abd Elhamed has plenty to prove in Europe (William Van Hecke/Corbis via Getty Images)

Still, it’s great to see such honour from outside parties when it comes to doing deals with Celtic. Our name is clearly held in great regard overseas. Regardless of our European struggles, we’re still capable of being seen as a real step-up for many.

With a bit of luck, Elhamed proves himself in Glasgow and makes the deal a big success.