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Celtic manager makes strong hint – could star-man change position?

Hatem Abd Elhamed’s signing at Parkhead was viewed largely by supporters as bringing in a new right-back.

The Israeli international has performed admirably in the position since arriving in the summer from Hapoel Be’er Sheva. Elhamed has managed to make 11 appearances and has solidified himself as first-choice for big games.

Manager Neil Lennon, however, has been rotating the right-back spot like mad this season. Jeremie Frimpong has now made three impressive appearances. Moritz Bauer, meanwhile, has played against Rangers, Kilmarnock, Hibernian, and Livingston respectively.

And, as he spoke in the Daily Record about Elhamed, Lennon dropped the bombshell that he actually believes Elhamed is ideally a centre-back.

“Ideally I actually think Hatem’s a centre-half but he can play both positions well. When he slotted in at centre-half at Ibrox he was fantastic.

“It’s just the pairing we’ve got there, with Chris Jullien and Kris Ajer, is working out well so far.

“Hatem can slot in at right-back or if we go to a back three, as we did on Thursday, he can slot in there. He’s proficient in the tactical side of the game.”

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