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Celtic’s Quiet Man makes big promise

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Hatem Abd Elhamed has vowed that Celtic’s defence will only get better.

Three weeks ago today the new formation was thrown together for the first time at Ibrox with the home support anticipating a goal feast and title statement to be dished out.

With Kris Ajer missing through injury a few deep breaths were taken before kick but despite Nir Bitton picking up an injury that forced another reshuffle new heroes had emerged by the time Bobby Madden blew the final whistle.

Elhamed typified that display as he switched from right-back to Central defence without giving Steven Gerrard’s stars a look in with Fraser Forster barely tested over the 90 minutes.

After the international break another clean sheet was racked up at Hamilton with Rennes only goal in the Europa League coming from the penalty spot.

Discussing the evolution of the hoops defence Elhamed told the Daily Record:

I certainly think we look better with every game and we share our work at the back. We speak a lot during the games. You could see this in the last couple of league games against Rangers and Hamilton where we didn’t concede. And I don’t remember really good chances for Rennes.

We look better from game to game and we want to keep this going. We are a big club. We are Celtic so we need to go with the attitude that we are a good team and want to do really great things in Europe. I hope we can do it.

A thigh strain for Boli Bolingoli will rule him out of today’s match with Kilmarnock which should open the door for Greg Taylor to make his debut.

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