Hutton hails Celtic as a model club after Elhamed update

Alan Hutton has applauded Celtic for allowing Hatem Abd Elhamed to seal a return back to Israel this month.

The former Rangers and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the Hoops have prioritised the wellbeing of the defender over their own footballing needs by sanctioning the transfer.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the win over Motherwell, Neil Lennon confirmed the 29-year-old was closing in on a return to Hapoel Be’er Sheva on a permanent transfer after growing homesick in Glasgow.

The defender, who can play as both a centre-half and a right-back, joined the Hoops back in 2019 and made a bright start to life in Glasgow, especially in the Europa League ties.

However, a muscle injury ruled him out of action between November and March and he failed to re-establish himself back in the starting XI under Lennon.

With the player struggling away from his family back in Israel, Hutton has applauded Celtic for looking out for their player and allowing him to leave midway through the campaign.

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Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “A lot of credit goes to Celtic.

“I mean, we talk about player welfare and all this sort of stuff at the moment, it’s really high up to actually be looking after the players and they have.

“He’s obviously not settled well, he’s over here by himself, I think he’s got his kid and wife back in Israel so to allow that (the move) to happen, when Celtic are in a bad situation defensively, and they’re willing to allow him to go back to for his mental health, to be right, I think it shows you what kind of club they actually are.

“That they’re willing to do that is really good and hopefully he can go back, settle back in with his family and be okay again.”

Elhamed is set to leave Celtic with 30 appearances, seven assists and one league title under his belt.

The Hoops also allowed right-back Jeremie Frimpong to leave Parkhead over the January window, while they brought in Jonjoe Kenny on loan from Everton.

In other news, another defender could save Celltic £7million, claims Football Insider pundit.