Celtic pundit Stevie Mullen has recently made a claim about Hatem Abd Elhamed and his potential Parkhead exit.
Mullen appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Bhoys. One topic of discussion was the news involving Elhamed’s potential departure from the club. Mullen made it clear that he would be happy to see the Israeli leave, considering his performances this season.
It has recently been reported that Elhamed is looking for a Celtic exit route in a bid to reunite with his family in Israel. He is currently living alone in Glasgow, while his wife and kid are in Israel. The defender has recently said that his wife couldn’t get a work permit to come to Scotland, while his son had difficulties learning English and making friends. As a result, he is now ‘alone’ in Glasgow (as per The Scottish Sun).
Should Elhamed be allowed to leave in January?
When talking about Elhamed’s situation, Mullen made it clear that his performances this season haven’t been good enough.
He said: “I think his first game at Ibrox when he started at right-back, I thought this guy can play, I’m really really confident in his ability. The performances this year – especially defensively and against AC Milan last week, were atrocious. So if this is playing on his mind, get him out of the door in January. Can’t persevere with him.”
TIF Thoughts on Mullen’s comments about Elhamed…
Elhamed has made 14 appearances in all competitions for Celtic this season and seven of those appearances have come in the Premier League (as per Transfermarkt).
The 29-year-old Israeli has picked up a rating of 6.96 in the Premiership and he has been the club’s ninth-best performing player in the league campaign (as per WhoScored).
This suggests that the defender hasn’t had a particularly bad campaign so far and if he does leave, Celtic might need to bring in a potential replacement for him soon.