There have been many reports coming from the Celtic camp that versatile defender Hatem Abd Elhamed has found life very difficult in Scotland and the Hoops star would like to move back to his homeland.
It looks like the rumours are true as Hatem Abd Elhamed has confirmed his desire to leave Celtic to head back to Israel and see his wife and family.
The defender has confessed that he feels alone in Glasgow and it was the same even before the pandemic hit the nation.
Hatem Abd Elhamed has stated that he trains with the club and then it’s straight home.
This must be why the player has had a few hot and cold performances lately and it would explain his poor form.
The defender will be missed as his ability to play in various roles has become vital to Neil Lennon, the club will need to try and bring in a replacement before he is allowed to leave or risk further squad difficulties.
Maccabi Haifa and Beitar Jerusalem have joined Maccabi Tel Aviv in the race for Elhamed and we hope it goes well for him.
Elhamed has now admitted that life is ‘very difficult’ as his wife couldn’t receive a work permit to work in Scotland, whilst his son struggled in Scotland too.
“It is very difficult. My wife and son had a hard time adjusting to life in Scotland, for many reasons,” said Elhamed. “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 pandemic 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,” he added.