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Israel manager pleads with Scottish FA for Celtic to sign Abd Elhamed

Read Sport logo Read Sport 22/07/2019 Charlie Smith
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Israel head coach Andreas Herzog has pleaded with the Scottish FA to grant Celtic target Hatem Abd Elhamed a work permit.

That’s according to the Daily Express, cited by the BBC, who claim that Herzog has written to the Scottish FA to back the defender’s case for a work permit ahead of a proposed £2 million move to Celtic Park. 

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The Hoops have agreed on a fee with Hapoel Be’er Sheva for the 28-year-old’s services, however, a move now appears to be complex in terms of getting the player a work permit.

A move would see Abd Elhamed ease Neil Lennon’s defensive troubles, with the experienced international able to play at both right-back and centre-back.

If a deal gets over the line, the defender would be Lennon’s fourth summer signing, with the Northern Irishman keen on getting more players through the door ahead of the club’s first Scottish Premiership game against St Johnstone on August 3rd. 

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