The right-back returned to Hapoel Be’er Sheva in January and admits that things didn’t go the way he wanted

Former Celtic defender Hatem Elhamed admits the way his Parkhead spell ended was “disappointing” as it opened up on his return to Israel

The right-back was homesick in Glasgow without his family and returned to Hapoel Be’er Sheva in January

Manager Neil Lennon admitted the move was as much for the player’s good as anything else, as Elhamed struggled with lockdown life

And the defender admits being unable to contribute as the Premiership title defense has gone badly leaving him frustrated

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“I had a hard time in Glasgow because I was alone due to the Covid restrictions I was not allowed to go anywhere and had to be home all day

“But I didn’t come back just for that, I only came back because Hapoel is a big club with big ambitions

“I had a very successful season and a half at Celtic professionally But I had a three to four month injury period that halted my progress which was disappointing

“Personally, I am delighted to return to a club with which I have an important connection and I was very happy to see the fans too

“I am convinced that we will fight for the title and be in the Champions League next season”

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