Hatem Abd Elhamed lacks the speciality that Celtic need in defence

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Celtic are interested in signing Israeli international defender Hatem Abd Elhamed, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

What’s the story?

The Hoops have already strengthened their defensive options this summer with the acquisitions of Christopher Jullien and Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo, but they need more players centrally and on the right.

One player who has experience of playing in both positions is Hapoel Be’er Sheva defender Abd Elhamed, who the paper say that Celtic could move for in a £1.6m deal.

He is an international teammate of Hoops star Nir Bitton, winning his first cap for his country in a recent qualifier against Poland.

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Is he what Celtic need?

A look at Abd Elhamed’s playing career shows a player who has had a colourful life in the game so far. At the age of 28 he’s played for five clubs and and in a variety of positions too.

During the 2014/15 season he appeared to play exclusively as a midfielder with Dinamo Bucharest, but was also highlighted playing as a right-back in a scouting video from his time at FC Ashdod.

Last season he played most of his games at Be’er Sheva as a central defender but also played on the left and right sides of defence.

That verstaility may be seen as a bonus for Celtic, but his lack of specialism in one position throughout his career rings alarm bells when it comes to his defensive prowess.

The Hoops need players in their prime who have honed their skills as experienced pros in their roles, not a player who appears to change his position almost as often as his clubs.

Given he is in his late 20s, to be suitable for Celtic he’d also be expected to have experience in a more high profile league or plenty of appearances in European competition, with neither sticking out in his career record.

The Bhoys should forget about this jack-of-all-trades, as he is a master of none.

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