The Scottish Sun report that potential Celtic signing Hatem Abd Elhamed has a work permit hurdle to overcome.

The paper reckon that the defender will complete a £1.6m transfer from Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the coming days.

However, the player only has one international cap with Israel and must now plead his case to be granted work permit permission.


As a result, he has sought the help of national team boss Andreas Herzog and Israeli FA sports director Willi Rotensteiner.

They have written to the Scottish FA declaring that he would have played more if not for a car accident.

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Anything to worry about?

Given Celtic have reportedly brought the deal to near conclusion, they must have some sort of confidence that the versatile 28-year-old will be granted his work permit to play in the country.

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Israeli FA staff have also pointed out he’s an important member of their squad, despite not earning caps, say The Scottish Sun.

Hopefully enough evidence is there to show he can be a benefit to Scottish football.

All going well he will become Neil Lennon’s fourth signing of the summer.

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An important addition?

Where he’ll play remains something of a mystery, but last season he played 20 of his 27 appearances in the centre of defence.

Celtic also have an urgent need to bring in a player on the right flank and the Hapoel man has experience in the position, if not a specialism.

Kristoffer Ajer has been utilised on that side of the defensive line recently. It hasn’t cost us, but action must be taken.

Clearly Neil Lennon and his staff have some sort of meaningful intention for the Israeli international. Should he arrive, it’ll be interesting to see where he fits in.

On the face of things, it’s not the most inspiring of signings, but hopefully the club have done their homework and this one’s a winner.

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