Liel Abada earns "top drawer" assessment from Celtic teammate after big title-race moment

By David Walton

January 31, 2022

Liel Abada has continued to receive praise after being labelled “top drawer” by teammate Greg Taylor.

Abada has made a surreal impact on Celtic since his £3.5m move from Maccabi Petah Tikva in the summer [Scottish Sun]. Arriving at only 19 years of age, the Israeli international was Ange Postecoglou’s first major signing.

Nobody could’ve foreseen the impact Abada was going to have on this Celtic side however. Already, the pacey winger has managed 20 direct goal contributions. These have been made up of 12 goals and 8 assists. Incredibly, his goals have come in all 5 competitions Celtic have played in this season [Transfermarkt].

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And as Celtic look ahead to Wednesday night and put faith in Abada to make a difference against Rangers, he’s certainly been wowing his teammates at Lennoxtown. Left-back Taylor has been talking up Liel after his last-minute winner against Dundee United, and it’s clear how highly-regarded he is amongst the Celtic squad.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Greg said: “He’s not shy, just a quiet young lad who’s trying to improve every day, like we all are. Liel’s been guided along well by Niro Bitton and I know he’s very grateful to have someone in the dressing room who’s come from the same country.

“But we’ll try to help each other here, we’ve got a really good group. Coming to a club this size, it does take time to adapt and to settle and we’ve seen that with a lot of players down the years. But you look at Liel. He scored in Europe in his first game and he’s really taken to the team and to the club. His numbers for someone so young are top drawer.”

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Liel Abada will play a key role for Celtic as we look to end Rangers hoodoo

There’s something not right about having failed to beat Rangers at any stage since 2019. We can’t pretend that we haven’t had our chances either. We played them 5 times last season and couldn’t win one of them. It was an unacceptable run of results that needs to come to an end.

There have been many problems that have led to us failing to beat our rivals in recent years. However, one of the main ones has certainly been the lack of genuine threat down the wide areas. Mohamed Elyounoussi and James Forrest just weren’t up to it last season, and it showed.

Celtic have lacked real pace against Rangers, something their full-backs clearly can’t stand. The thought of Abada running at Borna Barisic on Wednesday night is hugely exciting. It’ll be down to the Israeli and Jota to provide the spark needed to down our rivals and overwhelm their defence on the night.

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If Abada has a good game then we know we’re going to get opportunities. We know he’s going to get beyond the full-back and into plenty of dangerous positions.

The summer signing was one of the livelier players at Ibrox back in August too. It was his glorious pass that eventually led to Odsonne Edouard’s sitter that should’ve been buried. Abada has shown already that he has it within him to cut through this Rangers backline.

Hopefully he proves it once more on Wednesday night. There’s certainly huge excitement about what he could bring to the table.

In other news, What to expect from Celtic on transfer deadline day