Report: Celtic to listen to January offers for unsettled Hatem Elhamed

By David Walton

December 9, 2020

Celtic defender Hatem Elhamed could be set to leave the club in January after becoming unsettled in Scotland, according to the Scottish Sun.

The newspaper has stated that the Covid-19 protocols have taken a toll on the Israeli, who is currently living in Scotland himself with his family-based back home.

The Sun has reported that his move could be dependent on whether Nick Hammond can find a replacement in the new year. However, the player has spoken to club chiefs about his concerns.

Interestingly, the source states that Celtic are also happy to allow Elhamed to leave on loan for the rest of the season too, with Maccabi Tel-Aviv one potential alternative destination.

Neil Lennon signed Elhamed back in the summer of 2019, with the powerful right-back having only made 29 appearances for the club (Transfermarkt).

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Only right to let him go

It’s interesting that the Sun has stated that the move could be dependent on whether we find a replacement. Sure, the club has to look out for itself as Jeremie Frimpong would be the only available right-back should Elhamed depart.

However, the club should be working hard to find one. For me, there’s nothing more important in life than family, and if Elhamed is struggling in Scotland without their presence, it feels almost cruel to keep him here.

Last season this would’ve been a huge blow, but it’s difficult to feel too upset about losing the Israeli at the moment. Remember, he’s only started four league games all season and has struggled to get a consistent run of form under his belt.

Celtic defender Hatem Abd Elhamed / (Photo by Silvia Lore/Getty Images)

Perhaps these personal struggles also explain his major drop in form this season. It’s always going to be difficult for a father who’s living away from his partner and young child. When that happens, you’re never going to keep them for the long-term.

Of course, the loan option could be one potential solution. Allowing Elhamed to head back to Israel for six months and spend some time with his family could be all he needs. He could then come back to Scotland next summer with his homesickness out of his system.

Then again, that’s only something Elhamed can answer at the moment.

In other news, we look at our predicted XI for tomorrow’s game against Lille, with one young Celt to make his first-ever Euro start.