Celtic defender Hatem Elhamed has all but confirmed his time in Glasgow could be up come January as the defender admits he is very homesick and misses his young family.

The defender signed for Celtic at that of the 19/20 season and the hope was his wife come over to Scotland and work, bringing their young son with them.

However, as Elhamed details, his wife didn’t get a work permit and his son struggled in Scotland so they both headed back to Israel on the agreement they would travel back to Scotland on a regular basis. The virus has made that impossible and the defender has admitted the loneliness of the whole situation has been overwhelming.

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The hope seems to be Celtic will let the Israeli international go in January if they can find a replacement for him

SunSport revealed Maccabi Haifa and Beitar Jerusalem are both interested in the Celtic defender.

Speaking about his problems in Scotland, you can’t help but sympathise on a human level of what’s going on with the player.

 “It is very difficult. My wife and son had a hard time adjusting to life in Scotland, for many reasons.

“My wife has a successful career in Israel. We thought she would work here, but she did not get a work permit.

“My son came here at five and had difficulties with the language and finding friends, so we thought it would be better for them to go back to Israel and visit me from time to time.

“Unfortunately, the coronavirus made that impossible.

“Life is different. I am used to more social life, and the days pass more slowly than in Israel.

“I am alone here. I finish training and go straight home. I do not leave the house much — and it was like that even before the virus.”

The defender hasn’t played well so far this season and has also had the virus which floored him after an international break.

If he does go we wish him well.

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