Liel Abada credits the 2 teammates who have helped him most at Celtic
Celtic youngster Liel Abada has enjoyed a good start to life in the green and white.
The 20-year old arrived as one of the first signings under Ange Postecoglou, and supporters weren’t too sure what to expect from the £3.5 million man.
15 goals and 11 assists later, the Israeli internationalist is now in the running for the young player of the year award in Scotland and looks likely to go on and win the accolade.
Not many would have foreseen such a successful first season for a young player coming into a very new environment in Glasgow.
However, Abada has shown his capabilities in this Celtic side and credits two Hoops’ teammates for helping him to his success this campaign.
As quoted by the Scotsman, Abada was full of praise for Nir Bitton, stating that his fellow countryman has been like a ‘big brother’ to him, and Callum McGregor for his impact in the dressing room.
“Nir has become like a big brother to me. When I came there, he made sure I had everything I need. On top of being a really good player, he’s a top human being.
“Nir and his family have really helped me settle in Glasgow. I can’t explain how much he’s helped – he even cooks for me! He’s really done a lot.
“It was difficult coming here at first as a young player, but I am a footballer who has a dream, and I want to improve.
“We feel very united in the dressing room. There is a great atmosphere, and we are all there for each other.
“Callum McGregor has been the most important player in the squad, though. He’s looked after everyone and kept us all together. He has been very good for us.”
Even more to come from Abada with the help of his Celtic teammates.
Going into this season, having joined at such a young age and with the club going through a rebuild, Abada would have been forgiven for taking some time to settle into life at Celtic.
But, the youngster kick-started his Celtic career right from the off, scoring on his debut against FC Midtjylland.
This season, he has also scored some crucial goals, including a late winner in the 1-0 win over Dundee United at Parkhead back in January.
It is great to hear that the likes of Bitton have helped Abada settle in. This group of players clearly have a strong bond with one another.
That can only prove as a positive sign looking towards the future, with even more to come from the likes of Abada after such an exciting debut campaign.