Kalju midfielder Réginald Mbu Alidor impresses vs Celtic

By Connor Gordon

July 25, 2019

Nomme Kalju midfielder Réginald Mbu Alidor was a top player against Celtic.

The Frenchman shone as the one to watch for the Estonian champions. The gritty centre-mid gave his Hoops opponents a torrid time in the match.

Alidor did himself a lot of favours if any potential suitors want to pry him from Kalju.

Réginald Mbu Alidor is better than Kalju

The 25-year-old stuck out for his side for a variety of reasons.

Firstly, he was better than the usual hammer throwers that can appear at this level of football.

Réginald Mbu Alidor attempts to rob Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Alidor looked to move play on when his tenacity helped him drive at Celtic men.

His teammates slowed play down and tried to pass the ball back, but Alidor was different. Displaying good upper body strength, Alidor made a couple of blocks on the touchline to help his team.

His blushes can be spared when he was nutmegged in the second half – but it happens.

There will have been managers and agents watching last night’s fixture during this transfer window.

The Lille youth product signed a one year deal in December. (Photo by Ercin Top/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Despite signing a new deal in December, Alidor will be a cheaper option to others with similar ability.

He is quite the veteran for Kalju as he is in his sixth year with the champions.

Hatem Abd Elhammed number spot

Celtic’s new signing is the other player who eagle-eyed fans will have noticed.

Appearing at half-time, the new defender’s number is going to be 33.

Historians will remember the last 33 for Celtic was Elhammed’s Israeli countryman, Beram Kayal.

Hatem Abd Elhamed will wear Beram Kayal’s number 33. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Both men are Arab Israelis and share a close bond.

Neil Lennon says he spoke to his former signing about the abilities of Elhammed. If he can be as close as to how Kayal was, then a lot of fans will be happy.

However, the utility stopper is going to have to do a lot to convince some fans.