Celtic man Liel Abada bags first Israel assist in six-minute cameo

By David Walton

September 2, 2021

Celtic winger Liel Abada was given only a six-minute cameo for Israel last night, but that was all he needed to bag his first-ever assist for his country.

Abada has made a storming start to life at Parkhead after a £3.5million move from his homeland [Scottish Sun]. So far, the little trickster has managed four goals and three assists in his nine appearances so far [Transfermarkt].

He went into the current international break having only made one senior appearance for his country. That came back in June in a 29-minute outing against Montenegro. And last night against the Faroes, he was given an even shorter run-out for the final six minutes.

But in that time he managed to set-up Eran Zahavi’s third goal of the night. Abada played a superb one-two with the PSV Eindhoven centre-forward after making a clever run down the left side. His return ball was perfectly weighted for Zahava to slot into the bottom corner. Abada provided a video of the goal on his Instagram story.

Abada will now prepare for Israel’s next two games of the international break against Austria and Denmark respectively.

Another boost for Liel Abada after impressive Israel cameo

Credit to the Celtic man, who will now undoubtedly have his eyes fixated on making a bigger impact for his national team in the coming weeks.

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Abada has been shining for Celtic since the summer. That’s something that will have done wonders for his international chances, and it’s no surprise to see him continue to be called up.

However, he’ll feel that when he gets an opportunity, he simply has to take it. Israel are already a considerable force going forward with the likes of Zahava and Manor Solomon respectively. Abada will need to be performing at a certain level to be playing alongside these figures regularly.

Nobody is getting carried away. It was an assist late on against the Faroe Islands in what was a game that had already been won. However, it’s still a big moment for Abada individually. That assist will do his confidence a power of good.

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Starts in the next two games against Austria and Denmark respectively looks a touch optimistic. However, he’s put himself firmly in manager Willibald Ruttensteiner’s thoughts. Especially if Israel are looking for an attacking spark over the next week.

It just continues Abada’s fine 2021/22 campaign so far. Here’s hoping there’s plenty more to come.

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