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Celtic defender Hatem Elhamed was a pushover vs Milan

Somehow, it has gone from bad to worse for Celtic.

The Hoops have now won just twice in their last 11 outings and their display against AC Milan summed things up.

In the final third, they were exceptional as the Hoops took a 2-0 lead. However, as 2020/21 has dictated, they were shocking defensively.

Neil Lennon can take all the slack he likes but this time it was on his backline, four players who contributed to yet another appalling night in Europe.

Eventually losing 4-2, it meant that they have conceded 12 times in their last three European outings. For a side who has dominated domestically for so long, this is nothing short of pathetic.

Vasilis Barkas was one of the main culprits – making a succession of mistakes – but arguably there was someone that had a poorer performance; Hatem Elhamed.

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The Israeli stepped in for Jeremie Frimpong at right-back a week ago versus Sparta Prague but in making two individual errors that led to goals, it was a night to forget.

Similarly, he was nothing but mediocre when he played at the San Siro.

Time and time again Elhamed was a pushover, being shoved about and beaten to countless balls by the relentless Milan attack.

Remarkably, he did actually prevail in six tackles but over the course of the 90 minutes, he failed to win a single interception or make a block. Meanwhile, the right-back also lost the ball a mighty 15 times and failed to pick out a man with any of his four crosses.

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Feeble at the back and average going forward, pretty much every aspect of Elhamed’s game was anonymous on Thursday evening.

To sum things up, three of the host’s four goals came down his side of the pitch. This was a real opportunity to stake his claim to Lennon but instead, he let his manager down.

It could cost him his place in the XI.

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