Celtic are closing in on their fourth summer signing in the shape of defender Hatem Abd Elhamed, according to STV Sport.
Hapoel Be’er Sheva confirmed on Saturday that they’ve concluded the deal to sell the defender to Neil Lennon’s side. The reason the signing hasn’t been announced yet is issues surrounding a work permit, per STV Sport.
Having only featured once for Isreal, as a substitute, there’s no guarantee that the player will ascertain a permit to work in Scotland.
Lennon will be hoping the issues surrounding the deal can be sorted quickly to allow the player to be able to play in the Nomme Kalju game. Clubs have until midnight on Tuesday to register new signings for the Champions League qualification second round ties.
The news comes just as trialist Danny Simpson has called off his potential move, as he didn’t want to be a back-up at Parkhead, according to The Scottish Sun.
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Lennon’s clearly looking to reshape his squad, announcing to Sky Sports recently: “I think there’s some trimming to do, yes. We don’t want to have players on the periphery of the squad on a decent wage being left out.”
And the trimming of the playing squad and addition of reinforcements can’t be good news for those who haven’t featured much under the Northern Irishman.
One such player is Jack Hendry, who wasn’t stripped in either of the two competitive games this season, against Sarajevo.
The ex-Dundee defender is similar to Abd Elhamed in that both are capable of featuring in the middle or on the right of the defence, and one has to imagine that the experienced ace’s arrival could be the end of Hendry’s hapless spell as a first-team player at Parkhead.
With not a single appearance under Lennon, and Abd Elhamed’s arrival coming in the same summer as two other defensive signings and a defensive midfielder, there is just no room at the inn for the man Brendan Rodgers spent £1.5m on back in January 2018.