After Celtic paid Hapoel Be’er Sheva £1.6 million for Hatem Abd Elhamed, the Hoops Twitter account announced that the club had finally signed a right-back.
Right-back… Announced ✅
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) July 24, 2019
However, whilst at his former clubs, the statistics showed that the player had spent most of his career as a centre-back. He played 46 times as a centre-back, more than double the time he has played as at right-back.
So far, he has played most of his Celtic career as a right-back. However, with Moritz Bauer available at right-back, Hoops boss Neil Lennon could consider giving Elhamed a run at centre-back.
Played well in derby victory
He performed very well when filling in at that position during the second-half of the 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox.
Elhamed partnered Christopher Jullien that day. Perhaps that is a partnership that could be replicated when the Hoops return from the international break.
The fact that Kristoffer Ajer is currently on a poor run of form could help make up Neil Lennon’s mind when it comes to the centre-back selection after the break.
Perhaps needs a spell on the bench for a few games. Should that be the case, then Elhamed could well be a contender to be one of Celtic’s starting centre-backs.
Could be a promising partnership
Jullien and Elhamed could be a promising partnership. It is a good sign for Celtic that the pair seemed so calm in the intensity of a Glasgow derby.
Should Elhamed return fit from international duty, Neil Lennon should spend the time before the Ross County game working with the player and Jullien in the training ground,
So far they have not played a full game as centre-back partners. However, it could be a good idea to give the duo a chance against the Dingwall side.
If they play well in the Premiership match, then the Hoops boss will need to consider starting the pair against Lazio in the Europa League.