Celtic defender Alistair Johnston has heaped praise on Liel Abada after his brilliant display against St Mirren.

The Bhoys continued their flawless run in the league with an emphatic 5-1 win on the road yesterday, but it certainly wasn’t all plain sailing.

Ange Postecoglou decided to make a change at half-time as his side headed into the break a goal down after Mark O’Hara’s effort from the penalty spot.

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The Celtic boss introduced Abada for Daizen Maeda and it’s fair to say that the change had the desired effect. Abada put in a man of the match performance as he got on the scoresheet and provided an assist in the second-half.

And Johnston was full of praise for the 21-year-old after the game, while highlighting the brilliance of Celtic’s options out wide.

Johnston praises ‘dynamic’ Abada after Celtic thrash St Mirren

Speaking to Celtic’s official website, Johnston spoke about Abada’s impact on yesterday’s 5-1 win.

“He’s so dynamic and that goes to show for all our wingers. They all pose a slightly different threat, they’re so talented and they are a nightmare,” the full-back said.

“I know as a full-back when you go up against someone for 60 minutes and they run you ragged and then all of a sudden a new fresh player comes on with a new threat it’s always a nightmare.”

Abada has struggled to nail down a place in Postecoglou’s side as a starter this season but he’s proving to be an incredibly useful option for the Hoops.

The Israelian winger has registered 19 goal involvements in all competitions during the current campaign.

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Despite the fact that he is having to bide his time to become a regular fixture in Celtic’s side, the £3.5 million prospect provides Postecoglou with a brilliant option from the bench. [Fee: The Scottish Sun]

Of course, Abada will be keen to to develop into a key player at Celtic Park but at just 21, he has plenty of time to get his head down and continue to learn under the Australian boss.

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