Celtic have completed the signing of Hatem Abd Elhamed on a four-year deal from Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
The versatile defender said it was an ‘absolute honour’ to be joining the Hoops and he gives Neil Lennon options with a title opener against St Johnstone around the corner in just 10 days time.
Elhamed said: “It is an absolute honour to sign for this great club, one of the world’s truly great football clubs and I could not be happier.
“When you play football you want to climb to the top and be the best you can be, and I know that I have found the best place for me – a club that has a tradition of playing quick, attacking, exciting and successful football and I am delighted that I am going to be part of this.”
Hatem, who will join his new teammates this week in training, continued: “Celtic is my club now and I want to do all I can to continue to bring success to our supporters.
“I know the Celtic fans are the best around and I can’t wait to meet them, to pull on the famous Celtic jersey and play in front of them. I will give everything to the club.”
Celtic manager Neil Lennon is delighted to have beefed up his options at the back.
He said: “We are really pleased to bring Hatem to Celtic, another player we think can make an important contribution to the club.
“He is a player with real attributes, he is strong and quick and I have been impressed with what I have seen of him.
“We look forward to welcoming him to Celtic and joining up with the squad.”
Former Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal tipped his countryman to be a hit in Glasgow and said signing for the Bhoys would be the ‘best day of his life‘.