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Hatem Elhamed leaves Celtic for return to Israel

Elhamed made 30 appearances for Celtic since joining in 2019.

Hatem Elhamed leaves Celtic for return to Israel SNS Group

Israel defender Hatem Abd Elhamed has left Celtic to join Hapoel Be’er Sheva is his home country.

The 29-year-old right-back only made 30 first-team appearances since signing for the club in July 2019.

He was part of the treble-winning squad of 2019/20, but his progression was held back by a series of injuries and the form of Jeremie Frimpong.

Frimpong also recently departed for Germany with Everton’s Jonjoe Kenny brought in as a replacement.

Neil Lennon also has Anthony Ralston and Kristofer Ajer as right-back options.

Celtic confirmed ElHamed’s move on Wednesday. Posting on Twitter, they said: “The club would like to thank Hatem for his contributions at Celtic and wish him the very best for his future career.”