Celtic boss Neil Lennon has told the Daily Record that defender Hatem Abd Elhamed is set to leave the club for a move back to Israel.

The Bhoys were in the market for a right back in the summer of 2019, and Lennon pounced to sign Elhamed from Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

Agent Dudu Dahan played a key role in the move, and has been a long-time friend of Lennon having struck a number of deals together.

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Dahan oversaw deals for the likes of Rami Gershon, Nir Bitton, Beram Kayal, Efe Ambrose and Elhamed, even sending Ofir Marciano to Hibernian with Lennon.

Elhamed has shown quality in his 30 appearances for Celtic, but injuries, selection and now personal issues have resulted in him seeking an exit.

The 29-year-old is wanted by Maccabi Tel Aviv, Maccabi Haifa and Beitar Jerusalem back in his native Israel having become homesick during the global pandemic.

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Lennon has now confirmed that a fee has bee agreed for Elhamed to head back to Israel, and the deal should come to fruition within a matter of hours.

“Hatem Elhamed might be going back to Israel,” said Lennon. “A fee’s been agreed. I’m not sure it’s been finalised yet. He’s really struggled with life here, his wife and young son are back in Israel and he’s been through a really rough time of it mentally rather than anything else.”

“So I think for his wellbeing he really wanted to go home, so that deal’s going to come to fruition, I think, either today or tomorrow,” he added.

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