Hatem Abd Elhamed joined Neil Lennon’s Celtic in the summer transfer window.
Elhamed joined Celtic from Hapoel Be’er Sheva for a transfer fee reported by The Scottish Sun to be worth £1.6 million.
The 28-year-old defender has explained in great details the extent to which he went to make sure that he got the move to the Hoops.
The Israel international has said that he did not play against Laci in a Europa League qualifier as he would have been cup-tied for Celtic and would not have been able to make the move to the Glasgow giants.
While explaining that he told his then manager the truth why he did not want to play, Elhamed added, as quoted in The Scottish Sun: “The owner, Alona Barkat, also was far from happy. But I couldn’t lie and say I was injured or sick, I just had to tell the truth.
“I then had to wait a further two weeks before the move was completed, so I was very scared it fell through.”
The defender added: “On the one hand, I desperately wanted to play for Celtic, but on the other hand I didn’t want to let down all the Be’er Sheva fans who had fallen in love with me and had an excellent relationship with.
“They treated me like a king. My head was gone and I couldn’t function because of the pressure of the decision. I knew I would be of no use to the team that night.”
Good signing for Celtic?
Elhamed is a very good and experienced defender who has done well for Celtic so far this season.
The defender will be important for Neil Lennon’s side in their quest to make an impact in the Europa League this season.
The Glasgow giants are also aiming to win the domestic treble for the fourth season in a row, but bitter Old Firm rivals Rangers will give them stiff competition this campaign.