Reports: Celtic Close in on Targets

Celtic are allegedly close to sealing two deals ahead of next weeks Champions League Second Qualifying Round tie versus Nomme Kalju.

According to Sun Sport, Celtic have handed a trial to former Leicester right-back Danny Simpson. The 32-year-old is a free agent after leaving Brendan Rodgers’ side in June and is looking for a move back into the game.

With experience in the Premier League, and one winners medal more than a certain former Liverpool captain’s collection of nil, Simpson could be a canny signing. With 213 games in the EPL & a regular in the fairytale season when Leicester won it,  Lennon could add the experience vacated by Lustig & Boyata and add some stability down the right side of defence, should the trial be fruitful.

Elsewhere, Israeli media site Sports Rabbi (Josh Halickman) has reported that Celtic have sealed a deal with Hapoel Be’er Sheva for Israeli international, Hatem Abd Elhammed for around £2m.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Celtic will pay Beer Sheva close to 2 million Euro for Elhamed with a 300k bonus should Celtic advance to the group stages of the Champions League.</p>&mdash; Israel Sports Rabbi (@thesportsrabbi) <a href=”https://twitter.com/thesportsrabbi/status/1151611090108915712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 17, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

The 28-year-old can operate as a right-back or a centre-back, giving Neil Lennon some use as a defensive utility player. The lofty defender made his International debut in June 2019 replacing Celtic’s Nir Bitton in a Euro 2020 qualifying defeat to Poland.

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