Israel international Abd Elhamed has been linked with a £1.6 million move to Scottish Premiership champions Celtic from Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

Hatem Abd Elhamed asked to be left out of Hapoel Be’er Sheva’s Europa League qualifier on Thursday night, according to Sport1, as speculation continues to swirl linking him with a move to Celtic.

Abd Elhamed is not the first right-back tipped to sign for the Scottish Premiership champions this summer and he is probably not going to be the last either.

But with Jack Stacey joining Bournemouth and Tommy Smith on his way to Stoke City, the options are growing a little thin. And Abd Elhamed, who could also offer support at centre-back, is available for as little as £1.6 million, according to the Scottish Sun.

The Israel international, who plays alongside Nir Bitton for his country, has certainly added fuel to the fire by demanding he be left out of Hapoel’s clash with Albanian outfit Lachi this week.

Sport1 claims that the 28-year-old didn’t feel ‘100 per cent ready to play’ – although there was no suggestion that he was suffering from any injury. Instead, the report highlights his ongoing links with Celtic and wonders whether this means he is on his way to Glasgow.

Abd Elhamed is experienced, versatile and, most importantly of all, very affordable. But question marks remain about whether he is the right man to replace Mikael Lustig at right-back and Celtic fans might be having a few concerns about his attitude if he really refused to play on Thursday.

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