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Kris Commons thinks Hatem Abd Elhamed deserves Celtic chance

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Kris Commons thinks Hatem Abd Elhamed deserves Celtic chance

The defender has been on the bench in the opening two games of the campaign.

Former Celtic star Kris Commons has said in his Daily Mail column that Hatem Abd Elhamed is due a run in the side.

The Hoops produced a substandard display at Kilmarnock yesterday and were fortunate to leave with a share of the spoils.

Chris Burke’s penalty kick cancelled out Ryan Christie’s stunning free-kick, ensuring a frustrating afternoon for Celtic.

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Commons believes boss Neil Lennon has some decisions to make defensively and believes Elhamed is due a run.

He told the Daily Mail: “Beyond the centre-backs, Greg Taylor is a solid left-back but he’s obviously a downgrade on Kieran Tierney.

“I know for a fact that the club are in the market for another left-back, so you’d think Boli Bolingoli would be on his way out the door if an offer came in.

 

“Jeremie Frimpong is a huge talent, but he’s still a young boy and will make mistakes. Hatem Abd Elhamed is probably the most natural defender Celtic have. I’d give him a run at centre-back.”

Elhamed signed for the Hoops for £1.6 million in July 2019 from Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

The Israeli struggled with injuries last season, playing just 14 times for the club.

He has been introduced as a substitute in both of Celtic’s league games so far and perhaps a start is just around the corner.

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The 29-year-old has five caps for the Israel national team and could prove to be a decent player for the Hoops.

Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer were both out of sorts yesterday, with the Frenchman in particular given a torrid time.

Elhamed coming in and taking some of the spotlight away from Jullien could be just the tonic during the next few games for Celtic.

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