Celtic boss Neil Lennon has confirmed that the club will sign Israel defender Hatem Abd Elhamed, while also revealing the Hoops have cancelled a proposed trial for former Leicester City right-back Danny Simpson, the BBC report.  

The Northern Irishman revealed that a deal has been agreed with Hapoel Be’er Sheva for Abd Elhamed, with the player capable of turning out at both right-back and centre-back. 

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Abd Elhamed will now undergo a medical with the Hoops and wait for a work permit and visa to be granted ahead of his proposed move to Scotland. 

The Israel international will become the club’s fourth summer signing, following Christopher Jullien, Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo and Luca Connell through the door at Celtic Park. 

And talking to the media, Lennon was full of praise for the 28-year-old. 

We think he’s a good player. Strong defensively, very quick and I think he’d be a very good addition. 

In his last three seasons, he’s played very well at a very good level. I’m really impressed with what I’ve seen of him.

Lennon also admitted to the media ahead of the club’s Champions League qualifier against Nomme Kalju that the Hoops have now cancelled a trial for former Leicester City defender Simpson.

The former Premier League winner had been due to train with the club on Monday. 

Lennon is still thought to be keen on bringing in more signings, with Celtic having until September 1 to complete any more summer business. 


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