"Bravo brother"; Munas Dabbur, Manor Solomon, and Celtic stars flock to Liel Abada's Instagram
Liel Abada was certainly a popular figure on Instagram after firing in a superb strike for Israel under-21s in their 2-2 draw with Poland on Thursday afternoon.
Abada has been dropped to the under-21s for the current international break despite some cameo appearances for the senior side in 2021. The in-form Celtic winger netted the first equaliser against Poland to keep alive their hopes of topping their group and reaching the European Championships.
Tuesday night will see them come up against Germany in another big clash. But as he celebrated his fine strike against the Poles on Insta, he received plenty of plaudits from both international and club teammates:
Abada states in his post: “A little feeling of missing out. Thank you very much to the crowd that came to support. Need you with us on Tuesday.”
Shakhtar Donetsk star Manor Solomon hailed the strike with a “Bravo brother” message. Whilst Hoffenheim star Munasr Dabbur labelled him “Brother star”.
Nir Bitton, meanwhile, was part of the Israel senior side that lost 2-0 in Germany last night. He played the full 90 minutes in a decent display.
Liel Abada gaining confidence ahead of Rangers vs Celtic
It may only have been a draw for the young Israelis, but it’s brilliant to see our attacking players get on the scoresheet during international fixtures. Especially with our first game back being at Ibrox against Rangers.
Abada is clearly gaining confidence too. He was operating as a lone striker in a position not totally alien to him after performing it over the winter period for Celtic on a couple of occasions. He’s shown himself to be more than a reliable goal-threat as his effort proved on Thursday night.
His Instagram post, meanwhile, is a sign of just how highly regarded he is by the senior players. That the likes of Dabbur and Solomon are taking note and giving him congratulations is proof of that.
It’s going to be a big night for Abada on Tuesday. The game against Germany could see Israel all but confirm their spot at the U21 Euro 2023 championships next year. They’re already sitting as the best runners-up, which would also see them qualify if it stays that way. Beating Germany, however, would see them top the group with only 2 more games to play.
Given those fixtures are against Latvia and San Marino respectively, it’s clear their route to the tournament would be straightforward from there on in. And if Abada can be the man to help shoot them there, it’ll do yet more wonders for his startling reputation.
Of course, as is always the case for international Celtic stars – we just hope they get back safe and sound. Even more so this month.