Hatem Abd Elhamed insists he’ll hit the ground running next season after injuries cut short his celebrations last term.
The Celtic full back was a smash hit early in the campaign but got crocked after the stunning Europa League victory against Lazio in Rome in October.
Elhamed battled back to fitness – but made just one appearance before Scottish football went in to lockdown.
The Israel international insisted the shine wasn’t taken off by a stuttering season but he’s out to make up for lost time in the new campaign.
Elhamed said: “Getting injured in the Lazio game was a frustrating moment for me, especially after a very good game. I was confident that I would keep going from there and continue to achieve my goal, but that injury stopped me for more than four months.
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“The Lazio game was a special night, though, especially with the Celtic fans, over 10,000 of them, away in Rome, that was very exciting. To win the game with Olivier Ntcham ’s goal in the 95th minute, it was very special. When that happens, you need to run and celebrate.
“I came back in for the St Mirren game before the football was postponed, and I wanted to keep playing and to keep getting more game time. But the coronavirus stopped everything. That wasn’t ideal but now I feel fit and I’m ready to go for this season.
“I’m really happy to be back, to be back with my team-mates and to start pre-season training.
“And I’m also happy that we won the championship – we’re all happy about that and we are now looking forward to the season ahead.”
Elhamed revealed he was back in his homeland when the call came through to confirm Celtic were champions.
He admitted it was a strange end to the season but he savoured the success and is hungry for more.
Elhamed told Celtic TV: “I was in Israel with my family when I heard we were crowned champions. It was a very special moment for me.
“With this type of achievement, you’d like to celebrate with your team-mates and with the fans, but the situation with the coronavirus has made things different. It was nice to instead celebrate it with my family, that was really good.
“It was great to win the league, and the League Cup, so to win two trophies with Celtic in my first season was great. I was obviously injured for some time in the season, which meant I missed out on a number of matches, but I’m happy to be have been part of things.”