Celtic defender Hatem Abd Elhamed is closing in on a return to action in Neil Lennon’s first-team, The Scottish Sun report.

The paper photographed the player at Lennoxtown this morning, reporting that he took part in ‘full training’ alongside Israeli international teammate Nir Bitton.

Elhamed hasn’t been seen in a Celtic jersey for over three months with his last appearance coming in the superb 2-1 victory away to Lazio in the Europa League on 7th November.

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Since then it’s Jeremie Frimpong and Moritz Bauer who have filled in, with Lennon also opting to use James Forrest at right midfield in a 3-5-2 formation.

Timely return for Europa League specialist

Interestingly, Elhamed has actually been used more in Europe this season than in the Scottish Premiership, with Lennon almost using him as a Europa League specialist before his injury.


The summer signing started all four of the group games he was fit for and impressed on the right flank, providing an athletic and physical presence that was hard for elite opposition to exploit.

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With Celtic due to take on Copenhagen next week and in a fortnight, Elhamed could well find himself back in the team, especially as Frimpong has since suffered an injury of his own.

Celtic defender Hatem Abd Elhamed

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

The Israeli cap’s debut season at Celtic has probably not gone quite the way anyone would have wanted considering his period on the sidelines with injury problems, but he now has the chance to play an important role in our push for trophies.

With other players such as Ryan Christie and Mohamed Elyounoussi all beginning to return to full fitness, it’s an exciting time in Lennon’s squad with competition for places peaking.

Here’s hoping everyone stays healthy!

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