Hatem Abd Elhamed has finally signed for Celtic, but fans can’t believe the criticism the player has already received from one of their own.
The 28-year-old has arrived at Parkhead on a four-year deal from Hapoel Be’er Sheva, and although the club announced him as a right-back, he has been used in various roles across his career, primarily in the backline but also further up the park.
Of course, the Bhoys are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements, particularly on the right flank. Neil Lennon has seen full-backs Mikael Lustig, Cristian Gamboa and Jeremy Toljan all leave his team this summer.
Abd Elhamed becomes the latest Dudu Dahan representative to arrive at Celtic Park. The Israeli joins the likes of Nir Bitton, Efe Ambrose and Beram Kayal to go to the club from Dahan’s agency, and one fan has taken issue with that fact.
This Elhamed deal stinks. He is a 28 y.o. winger turned CB turned RB with a less than impressive CV. Recommend by Dudu Dahan (shock). The extent of Lennon’s knowledge of the player seems to have come from Kayal, Bitton and his agent. Pretty poor stuff on the face of it.
— Kieran (@Kieran_Celtic) July 23, 2019
And while the annoyed fan does raise some fair points – Abd Elhamed is not a specialised right-back, nor does he have much experience in high-quality leagues – it certainly seems harsh to write a player off before he’s even set foot on the Parkhead turf.
Here’s how the Celtic supporters reacted to the stern criticism of their new signing on Twitter:
Nobody has seen him play. Bizarre way to be critiquing a player before anyone has seen him play or he has been signed.
— 8incoming (@Itswayoverthere) July 23, 2019
https://t.co/cqpf6epJvB Doesn’t appear to be too much wrong with him. As for winger 2 CB to RB that would be a sign of player comfortable on the ball with the skills and intelligence to play more than one position. A bargain if so.
— Quadrupletreble (@888MumbaiMagic) July 24, 2019
Why don’t we let him play at least one game before commenting? Or better yet let him sign a contract first.
— Damian Thomson (@DamoThomson) July 23, 2019
You’ve totally twisted this. Lenny spoke to bitton + kayal probably to get an idea about his character. I’ve not read anywhere that he was a winger – you’ll probably throw some stat out that he was a winger at 18. The negativity within an element of our support is ubreal
— stevie bhoy (@Stephen24669) July 23, 2019
Pretty sure he’s been looked at far more than that. Very simplistic view to suit opinion
— Noel Quigley (@Stranafeley) July 24, 2019
Think you’ve jumped the gun there Kieran surely you cant judge without seeing the guy play
— stuart mcdade (@stubhoy79) July 23, 2019
Some drama queens in our support.
I’ll wait until i’ve seen him play.
— CC (@TheLeatherBelts) July 23, 2019
So Negative, for all you know this could be a cover right back who can also cover at CB. Lennon might still be planning on bringing in a first choice right back.
— Calum Hendrie (@hendrie_calum) July 24, 2019