Celtic winger Liel Abada scores on his first start for Israel in very familiar fashion

By John McGinley

June 2, 2022

Celtic winger Liel Abada has scored on his very first start for Israel in a UEFA Nations League match at home to Iceland this evening.

Abada has made five previous substitute appearances for his country before, but tonight was the first time he was trusted to start a fixture.

He’s made the impact he was looking for, scoring a trademark back post tap-in after peeling off of the Icelandic defence with fantastic movement.

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Twitter user @RDScouting posted footage of the effort, which will look very familiar to Celtic supporters after Abada’s stunning debut season at the Bhoys.

The winger often made those runs and found that kind of space in the opposition box working under Ange Postecoglou.

He scored 15 goals for the Bhoys following last summer’s move from Maccabi Petah Tikva and the sky is the limit when it comes to his potential.

At the time of publishing, it’s half-time in the Israel vs Iceland fixture, with the visitors getting themselves back into it at 1-1 thanks to Thorir Helgason.

Abada will clearly be looking to go on and help his team to victory but regardless of how it pans out, the Celtic prospect will be delighted to open his international account.

That’s the kind of confidence-boosting development we want to see for our players ahead of pre-season!

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