By Alan Hutton

12th Mar, 2020 | 11:54am

Exclusive: Hutton claims Celtic 28-yr-old giving Lennon headache after cameo

Alan Hutton insists that Celtic manager Neil Lennon has a headache to deal with after the return of Hatem Abd Elhamed from injury.

The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says the 28-year-old was a top performer for the Hoops prior to being sidelined in November.

Elhamed made his comeback in the 5-0 win over St Mirren, managing to contribute an assist in his nine-minute cameo off the bench.

Hutton admits it will be difficult for the Israel international to force his way back into the side but that the manager has a difficult decision to make nonetheless.

Hutton told Football Insider: “He did really well. Obviously the formation now wasn’t the way they were playing back then.

“We all know he’s a good player. Whether he does go back in, we don’t know, because Celtic are playing so good at the minute so it’s going to be difficult. These are the headaches you want as a manager.

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“Coming to the business end of the season, you want everyone firing, everyone playing well, everyone pushing each other moving forward. When you get injured players who are big players coming back, that’s just going to boost everyone to the next level.”  

Elhamed, who joined the club from Hapoel Beer Sheva last summer, played 14 times for the Hoops before being sidelined.

He is a versatile defender, having been utilised as both a centre-back and a right-back by Lennon.

In other Celtic news, Hutton has reacted as a major update on Marian Shved’s future is revealed by Football Insider.