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Emotional scenes as defender closes in on his Celtic exit

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Hatem Abd Elhamed enjoyed an emotional reunion with his son as he prepares to complete his transfer back to Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

The defender flew into Israel last night and should complete the formalities of his return to Hapoel just 19 months after his £1.6m move to Celtic.

On hand to capture the emotional moment was Dudu Dahan who has been completing deals with Celtic for almost a decade, starting with Efe Ambrose and Nir Bitton.

In December it was reported that Elhamed was looking for a move back to Israel after his wife and son had to leave Scotland.

With Jeremie Frimpong moving to Bayer Leverkusen last month Celtic moved in to sign Jonjoe Kenny on loan from Everton until the end of the season.

After being signed as a replacement for Mikel Lustig, Elhamed went straight into the Celtic team but soon found his place under pressure as Frimpong appeared on the scene.

In total Elhamed started seven SPFL matches, three League Cup ties and 10 European matches during his brief spell with Celtic.

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