Celtic set to push forward with Hatem Abd Elhamed signing

After missing out on their first choice right backs Jack Stacey and Tommy Smith, it looks like Celtic have turned their attentions to Hapoel Be’er Sheva defender Hatem Abd Elhamed to solve their right back headache.

With Anthony Ralston Celtic being the only right back to call upon by Neil Lennon, following the departure of Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa at the end of last season, Kristoffer Ajer was called on to provide cover down the flank in their 3-1 win over FK Sarajevo in midweek.

Already thew club has seen Stacey reject Celtic’s advances to sign for Bournemouth and the Scottish champions - despite having a £4 million bid accepted for Tommy Smith - failed to agree terms with the Huddersfield right back.

But it now appears that Arab-Israeli Hatem Abd Elhamed is firmly on Neil Lennon’s radar after the player was not part of Hapoel’s Europa League squad to face Lac this week.

Reports earlier this month had linked Elhamed with a potential move to Celtic, but with Celtic’s failure to sign two of their first choice right back targets - Elhamed has now jumped to the top of the pile along with Sheffield United’s George Baddock.

The 28-year-old would be a useful addition to the Celtic squad given his versatility at being able to play both at centre back and right back.

Even if Abd Elhamed arrives at Celtic Park as the club’s third summer signing of the transfer window, Lennon is still expected to go for £2.5 million-rated George Baddock from Sheffield United to add strength in depth.