Hatem Abd Elhamed has been taking part in a Celtic Q+A session this afternoon and has cleared up the mystery of his squad number change.
The Israeli international was number 33 at the Hoops last season but was spotted in training yesterday wearing the number 44, which raised questions on social media from eagle-eyed supporters.
Elhamed changed number? pic.twitter.com/nekvA2pynD
— Andrew (@_AndrewAngus) July 1, 2020
It now appears to have been a decision led by the player himself, who wanted to once again wear a number from successful spells in his career prior to joining the Scottish champions.
Speaking to the official Celtic Twitter account, Elhamed explained: “Number 44 is my favourite. I achieved many good things with it in my career and won my first league title with my old team with this number.”
Elhamed answered a variety of other questions which you can find on the Celtic timeline.
One of the notable responses came when one supporter asked him what his favourite game to play in has been.
The 2019 signing picked out a match that came not long after he arrived as one of Neil Lennon’s summer signings, the 2-0 victory at Ibrox last year.
He said, on Twitter: “For sure it was the derby away at Ibrox. It was my first experience of the Glasgow Derby and how it feels to win that game. I played well too so it was the best moment of my career.”
💬 HE: "For sure it was the derby away at Ibrox. It was my first experience of the Glasgow Derby and how it feels to win that game. I played well too so it was the best moment of my career."#AskHatem https://t.co/jN8ztOePJK
— Celtic Football Club (from 🏡) (@CelticFC) July 2, 2020
The right-back played all 90 minutes of that match and even moved positions after an injury to Nir Bitton required Moritz Bauer to come into the game.
That’s definitely one of the performances that stood out from his first season, which was largely interrupted because of injuries and the emergence of Jeremie Frimpong.
He managed to make just 14 appearances across the campaign, 11 of which were starts, primarily in European action.
At times Elhamed definitely showed he had the quality and commitment to succeed at Celtic.
The versatile defender will now be hoping to put his injury woes behind him and play more regularly next term as the club shoot for more trophies.