Report: Lennon unaware of any Elhamed plans to leave Celtic

By David Walton

December 10, 2020

The Glasgow Times has reported that Neil Lennon is unaware of any desire from Hatem Elhamed to leave Celtic in January.

Elhamed was this week linked with a move away from Parkhead due to him struggling to settle in Scotland. The Scottish Sun reported that the Israel international had let the club know of his struggles with adapting to life in Scotland, and that the Hoops could be open to a loan or permanent deal next month.

However, the Glasgow Times has interestingly noted that any hopes the player has to leave is news to Lennon. He reportedly hasn’t been informed by the right-back himself about leaving Parkhead anytime soon.

Elhamed has been quoted in the Sun this week detailing his isolation in Scotland, as he admits that he’s used to a more social life than what he has in Glasgow.

The player’s family is also back home in Israel, which supporters will feel ominous about when it comes to where his long-term future lies.

Elhamed has to be straight with the manager

It’s no use keeping Neil in the dark about things like this. As the manager of the club, Elhamed could do with letting him know about whatever problems he has about life in Scotland.

It’s not too late to say that there could be a remedy to Elhamed’s issues. Perhaps there are actions the club can take to help him feel less isolated or to perhaps grant him leave to go home for a short period to refresh his batteries and get it out of his system. This would hardly be unheard of.

Lennon almost certainly wouldn’t take too kindly to being informed of a surprising departure next month in Elhamed. Not when he’s starting to put more and more trust in the man he signed from Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the summer of 2019.

Hatem Elhamed in action against Sparta Prague / (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The right-back has started two of Celtic’s last three matches after a stop-start beginning to his campaign. But his long-term future has certainly been cast into doubt over the last week alone.

This is also probably a distraction that Lennon could do without just now also. With the club desperately trying to turn around a shocking run of form that’s seen us win only two games in 12, the last thing he needs is stories regarding player departures.

We’ll see what happens with this in the coming weeks though. It doesn’t feel like we’ve heard anywhere near the end of what could very well turn into a frustrating January saga.

In other news, many Celtic fans aren’t buying into Neil Lennon’s Wednesday promise.