Glowing media praise for Celtic winger Liel Abada in Israel

By Lewis Laird

June 15, 2022

It has been an extremely productive international break for Celtic winger Liel Abada.

The 20-year-old made his first start for his country and kept his place in the side for all three fixtures against Iceland and Albania.

He also topped off his first start for the senior side with a goal to put Israel in the lead as they were held to a 2-2 draw in their opening match-up against Iceland.

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It wouldn’t have come as much of a surprise for the Celtic support to see Abada’s early success for his national team off the back of an impressive first campaign at Parkhead.

Joining at the age of just 19, it could have taken the winger some time to settle in. However, he hit the ground running right away, scoring on his competitive debut for the Hoops before going on to net many more across the season.

On Monday evening, Israel rounded off the June internationals with a second fixture against Iceland, and Abada was part of the front three that started the match.

The fixture was another closely contested game between the two sides, which once again finished in a 2-2 draw.

Although the winger didn’t have a part to play in any of the two goals, the Israeli media was left impressed with his performance, alongside fellow youngster Manor Soloman.

One opinion column, written by Israeli journalist Danny Dvorin for media outlet Sport1, stated that it was ‘a pleasure to see him in action’ when referring to Abada’s performance on the night.

He said: “I give credit for this to coach Alon Hazan, who believes that in order to win, you must include three natural attacking players in the lineup, which makes life difficult for the opponent’s defence.”

He continued, saying: “I referred to the national team’s attacking game, and we saw the impressive ability of the right-winger, Liel Abada, to fool his opponents and deliver balls to the centre of the attack.

“He just shone in the first half, and it was a pleasure to see him in action. Manor Solomon, who played on the left-wing, was the best of our players in the second half. He and Abada are young and still far from exhausting their full talent.”

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Liel Abada is only just getting started.

When Abada arrived from Israel last summer as one of Ange Postecoglou’s first signings, many Celtic supporters weren’t sure what to expect from the young winger.

However, they were quickly made aware of Abada’s ability, with the youngster going on to score 15 goals and provide 11 assists during his first season.

The scary thought for opposition defenders is that there is still a lot more to come from the Israeli internationalist, and there is plenty of development to come for him as a player.

After his impressive showings during the international break, Abada now looks to have secured his place in the Israel starting lineup going forward.

You can only imagine, that will provide him with an added boost of confidence as he prepares to come back into pre-season at the beginning of next month.

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