Report: Celtic star Hatem Abd Elhamed tests positive for COVID-19

By John McGinley

October 12, 2020

Celtic defender Hatem Abd Elhamed has tested positive for COVID-19, BBC Scotland reporter Kheredine Idessane has reported tonight.

Israeli outlet Sports Rabbi were the first to the news last night that Elhamed had fallen ill and was quarantined away from his Israeli national teammates.

The Bhoys player underwent a test today, which is reported to have returned a positive result.

Celtic have yet to confirm the news at the time of publishing but a statement is presumably not far away.

The club have already expressed frustration with the situation throughout international football right now, with a number of players in different squad groups testing positive or having to self-isolate ahead of club duty this weekend.

Obviously first and foremost we have to wish Elhamed well with his illness. Everyone wants him to get better soon.

It comes after Odsonne Edouard and Nir Bitton also tested positive, with Ryan Christie having to self-isolate for 14 days after close contact with Stuart Armstrong.

Neil Lennon is now without a number of recognised first-team stars ahead of Rangers’ visit this weekend.

Celtic star Hatem Abd Elhamed / (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The farce of international football in the midst of a global pandemic unfortunately continues.

All we can do is hope that no more players get caught up in the drama.

In other news, former Celtic captain Jackie McNamara has been speaking exclusively to the site about the club’s UEFA Cup run in 2002/03.