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CELTIC ACE HEADS FOR EXIT

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ISRAEL international Hatem Abd Elhamed looks to be heading for the Celtic exit.

The versatile 29-year-old defender could leave the champions in next month’s transfer window to be reunited with his family in his homeland.

And it looks as though the Hoops will be open to allowing Elhamed, who joined in a £1.2million switch from Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the summer of 2019, to move to rejoin his wife and son. Maccabi Tel Aviv, where the back-four operator kicked off his career, are monitoring the situation and could provide a solution to his problem, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

The right-back or centre-half signed a four-year contract when he arrived at Parkhead and the club will expect to recoup the original fee for the experienced star who is a current international alongside team-mate Nir Bitton.

Neil Lennon may also consider a loan deal for the full-back who has been a bit-part player in this campaign after losing his first-team place to Dutch teenager Jeremie Frimpong.

However, Elhamed’s potential exit could depend on whether the club are able to sign a replacement with Head of Recruitment Nick Hammond currently looking at possible targets.

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