It seems inevitable we will lose at least one of our defenders next month with the Parkhead exit of Hatem Elhamed expected to happen.

The Israeli is homesick, unable to see his young family who are back in Israel and the pandemic has had him isolated for large portions of his downtime outside the club.

He won’t be the only foreign player feeling this at the moment, but you can’t help but sympathise with the Celtic defender.

The right-back had a great start to his Celtic career before injuries took over, then the pandemic. This season has rolled around, and Hatem has not been at his best, and we now know why.

There are plenty of clubs in Israel vying for his signature, and it’s understood Celtic won’t stand in his way should they come calling in January.

Hapoel Be’er Sheva have been keeping tabs on the Celtic star and this week, their manager Yossi Abukasis broke his silence, revealing they would love to sign the Hatem in January as they push for a European place.

“Hatem is an excellent player that every team would want to sign.” Be’er Sheva boss Yossi Abukasis told RecordSport.

“If we can bring him here to the club it will be a huge blessing for us.

“But of course there are some excellent players at the club already and we’ll have to wait and see.

“Our ambition this season is to get a European place again.

“We had a tough time in the Europa League this season and our aim is to get back there next season. It was tough because we had to play so many games, but our aim now is to keep climbing the table as quickly as possible.”


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