Celtic defender Hatem Abd Elhamed will fit seamlessly into the manager’s new formation.

Neil Lennon has got The Bhoys playing in an unorthodox 3-5-2 set-up in recent matches.

Due to injuries, the Irishman hasn’t been able to get all the best players into the roles.

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Elhamed is one of those due to injuries, but when he returns the new system will be the making of him.

Celtic formation change is ideal for Hatem Abd Elhamed

The Israeli international seemed to be a steal last summer for £1.6 million from his native land. [The Sun]

Hatem Abd Elhamed is Mr Consistent at Celtic. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He solved an age old problem at right-back and was also able to fill in at a central role.

Unfortunately, the defender has been unlucky with crock after crock following the Lazio away win.

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This has allowed the likes of Jeremie Frimpong to come in, but he is also out with injury.


This has forced Lennon’s hand to change the system about a bit, but it will suit Elhamed to the ground.

Neil Lennon will see the best of the Israeli after his injury. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

When he comes back, Elhamed will fit perfectly into the right side of a back three which can change into four or five in defence.

This will make him the ultimate utility man at the back and provide more use to the team as a single right-back.

Jeremie Frimpong also slots into the Hoops system

The change will also mean Frimpong and Elhamed can play in the same team once both return from injury.

Elhamed can fill in when Frimpong goes on his mazy runs or when he is caught out of position up the pitch.

The Hoops have two fantastic options at the right of defence and some fans will have been wondering who would be left on the bench.

Jeremie Frimpong can join Elhamed in the new Celtic formation. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, the problem seems to be solved if Lennon persists with the current formation.

Nevertheless, Elhamed’s unpredictability with injuries may end up being the making of him rather than his performances.

Elhamed and Lennon need to focus on getting him fit first before making him the focal point of the system.

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