"Did everything for me"; Liel Abada speaks out after Nir Bitton leaves Celtic

By David Walton

May 17, 2022

Celtic winger Liel Abada has reacted after close friend Nir Bitton left Parkhead after the final game of the season on Saturday.

Bitton is now a free agent after playing his last match at Celtic Park. The 6-0 mauling of Motherwell on trophy day was a fitting end to a trophy-laden Celtic career in which Nir raked home 15 winner’s medals.

Abada, of course, was tight with Bitton ever since his summer arrival from Maccabi Petah Tikva. Bitton has helped his countryman settle in Scotland with the duo often snapping themselves out together with their families in their off-time.

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And Liel’s been discussing Nir in an interview with Israeli outlet Sport 5. As he provided a glittering review of Bitton’s influence at Parkhead, the winger said: “The ceremony they did for Nir was very exciting, I was excited for him. Beyond the footballer, Nir and his family took care of me and did everything for me and I really like them.

“He’s made an amazing way at Celtic, he’s the Israeli who’s achieved the most titles. I learned a lot from him and I wish him luck.

“His next team? I can’t really recommend it to him. He’ll do what’s right for him. I wish him all the best in the world.”

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It’s become something of a running joke as to how Abada would react given how close the pair were in Glasgow. But in all seriousness, there was clearly a big friendship there and it will be tough for Liel to see Nir go.

These are classy remarks from the Celtic winger in any case. He clearly thinks plenty of Bitton and will no doubt be keeping close tabs on his next move as we all will be.

As of yet, Nir hasn’t decided what’s next for him. However, he has said that he wants to continue fighting for titles wherever he ends up. There’s a good chance that won’t be back home in Israel either given the quality Bitton still possesses.

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It would be intriguing to see how he would cope in one of Europe’s toughest divisions too. He definitely has the technical ability to make an impact in one of them if a club is to give him that opportunity.

It’s a shame to see Bitton depart in the end. However, the truth is that now is indeed the right time with him bowing out of Celtic Park as a title-winner. By far the most appropriate way for him to end his career at Parkhead.

As for Abada, he’ll be looking to kick on and be even stronger next season as the UEFA Champions League beckons.

In other news, Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis hits out at AEK Athens as he reflects on failed spell