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Beram Kayal admits he told Hatem Abd Elhamed to sign for Celtic

John Fleck (L) of Rangers tackles Beram Kayal of Celtic during the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium salutes his supporters  on April 24,...

Hatem Abd Elhamed looks set to become Celtic's fourth summer signing.

Hatem Abd Elhamed of Gent reacts to a missed chance on goal during the Jupiler League match between KAA Gent and KRC Genk held at the Ghelamco Arena on July 31, 2015 in Gent, Belgium.

Former Celtic midfielder has told The Daily Record that he has recommended Parkhead to would-be signing Hatem Abd Elhamed.

The Hoops are set to make the Israel international their fourth summer signing after agreeing a £1.6 million deal with Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

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According to The Scottish Sun, the completion of this transfer is 'imminent'.

Kayal, who spent five years at Celtic before signing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2015, plays alongside Elhamed at international level.

 

And the Premier League man is convinced that his friend has what it takes to be a big hit in Glasgow.

He told The Daily Record: "This is a big opportunity for Hatem. I’m so happy for him to get the chance to join a big club like Celtic. Obviously he asked me for advice because I would class him as a friend.

"What did I say to him? I told him that it will probably be the best day of his life when he signs for Celtic. He’s a really good player and, most importantly, he’s ready to be a Celtic player."

Elhamed is a right-back and will presumably fill the void left by Mikael Lustig, who quit the Bhoys after seven successful years earlier this summer following the expiration of his contract.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is on record as saying that he needs a few right-backs this summer and getting in the 28-year-old represents a really good start to that.

Viktoria Pilsen's Michael Krmencik and  Hapoel Beer-Sheva's Hatem Elhamed vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League group G football match between FC Viktoria Plzen and Hapoel Beer-...

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