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Celtic’s Hatem Elhamed will return to Israel after being left ‘very low’

Defender who signed from apoel Be’er Sheva FOR £1.6m in 2019 has made just one substitute appearance

Celtic Park (Wikipedia/Zhi Yong Lee)
Celtic Park (Wikipedia/Zhi Yong Lee)

Celtic boss Neil Lennon revealed Hatem Elhamed is set to return to former club Hapoel Be’er Sheva after being left “very low” with life in Scotland.

The 29-year-old defender, who was signed from the Israeli club for a reported £1.6million in 2019, has made one substitute appearance since early December.

After the 2-1 home win over Motherwell at Parkhead, Lennon said: “A deal’s been agreed with Be’er Sheva. I don’t know if it has been finalised.

“He was going through a really difficult time, his wife and son were back in Israel and he was here on his own and he was really struggling with life away from the training ground and stadium.

“We have to take into consideration the human factor on that.

“I wouldn’t say he was suffering with depression but he was very low, so we have made the right decision for him and the club.

“I think their transfer window is open, so there are no issues with that.”

 

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