Liel Abada explains how he overcame initial concerns about moving to Celtic

By Lewis Laird

May 27, 2022

Liel Abada made a rapid start to life as a Celtic player, scoring on his debut in the early Champions League qualifier against FC Midtjylland.

From that moment on, there was no looking back for the young winger, who went on to become a key contributor in this Celtic side.

The 20-year old may have made it look easy, but settling into life in a new country for a young player can be a challenging task.

Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Speaking in an interview with Israeli outlet Ynet, Abada opened up on the potential concerns he had when arriving in Scotland at such a young age.

The winger also went on to detail how he quickly acclimatised to life in Glasgow, taking confidence from other players around him and what the work he was doing on the pitch.

He said: “The concerns were how I would fit in, how I would adapt to the style of play. It’s a lot of hard work and modesty. It’s been a challenging season because it’s not easy to go abroad, certainly at such a young age. I had Nir, Smadar and Yossi, who are family members, my family who were with me in every situation and other Israelis who supported me.”

Abada continued: “It was tough because I came in, and I had to know everyone, the team and the style of play.

“It took a while, but I ended up acclimating.

“It’s legitimate when you get to a new place; there’s more concerns, a little less security. But everyone gave me all the confidence I needed.”

An impressive first season for Liel Abada bodes well for the future

Arriving from Israel, not many Celtic fans had much of an idea about what Abada might have to offer this season as a young player.

However, the winger hit the ground running under Ange Postecoglou and went on to produce a brilliant return of 15 goals and nine assists across the season.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Having just turned 20-years old, it bodes well for the future, and Abada is now being seen as a top talent by sides across the continent.

Going into next season, the Israeli internationalist won’t have the feeling of having to settle in anymore, knowing all of his teammates well from the campaign past.

So, it will be interesting to see how he starts off the 2022/23 season, and he will now have the chance to showcase his ability on the biggest stage of them all – the Champions League.

In other news, Nir Bitton wasn’t Liel Abada’s only role model in Celtic dressing room.