Pundit Alan Hutton has shed light on the situation of Celtic defender Hatem Abd Elhamed from a player’s perspective, saying if he was in the Israeli’s place, he would want to leave the club.
The Scottish Sun had recently reported that Elhamed has informed Celtic about his wishes to leave Celtic due to personal issues. The Israeli defender wants to reunite with his family in his homeland as he’s alone in Scotland and he found the situation tough during the lockdown restrictions. It was reported that the Hoops could be willing to let the player go, if they sign a replacement.
Should Celtic sell Elhamed in January?
Hutton reacts to Elhamed’s situation at Celtic
Hutton was recently chatting to Football Insider about Elhamed’s situation and he had sympathy for the defender. He feels that players find it hard when things aren’t right with them at home. The former Tottenham man said that if he was playing in a foreign country away from his family, even he’d have wanted to go back.
The former defender said:
“It’s really difficult, very, very difficult. You can see it sometimes on players faces, their family aren’t over, they find it hard.
“When you’re not feeling good at home, it’s very difficult to come into work and have that smile on your face and play to the best of your ability.
“I read the other week that his wife and child were back home in Israel and he’s obviously here so I just try and flip it into my situation – if I was in a foreign country on my own, away from my family, all I’d want to do is get back. It’s as simple as that.
“So I do understand from that point of view, he wants to be family and it’s a real tough place to be in at the moment for him, especially when you’re a footballer so I do feel his pain.”
Letting Elhamed go would make sense for Celtic
It has been reported that Israel-based clubs like Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Maccabi Haifa, Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv are all interested in signing Elhamed. This shows that the Hoops would have a good chance of selling him in January and they might be able to get a good fee from his sale too, considering there is plenty of demand.
Kristoffer Ajer has played at right-back recently and Jeremie Frimpong has played there more regularly. While Elhamed can also play at centre-back, the Hoops are eyeing a move for Mark McKenzie and the American could add depth to that position.
So if McKenzie does join the club, Celtic could have enough depth in the backline and that would make it easier for them to move Elhamed on.
In other news, Celtic have been linked with a move for a Man Utd defender – read more about it here.
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