Liel Abada opens up on Celtic training and Glasgow life; addresses new song

By David Walton

September 22, 2021

Celtic winger Liel Abada has opened up on life in Glasgow as he touched on how he’s adapted to training at Lennoxtown as well as the new song fans made for him.

Abada has been in fine form for the Hoops so far in his maiden campaign. He’s left a positive impression on supporters, and appears to have made the right-wing spot his own despite competition from James Forrest.

It comes after a summer switch from Israeli side Maccabi Petah Tikva that cost Celtic around £3.5m [Scottish Sun]. Even this early into the player’s Parkhead career, it’s already looking like a steal for a youngster who it’s easy to forget is only 19 years of age.

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And as he spoke about how he’s integrated into life in Scotland, the player revealed he’s also taking time out to learn English in his off-time.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Abada said: “When I got to my first training session at Celtic it had a very high pace and I had a hard time. The level of training and the pace in training were at a very high level, but I slowly got used to it.

“Off the pitch, I am doing language lessons twice a week. Glasgow is very good. There’s everything here in terms of shops and restaurants. The only bad thing is that it is always cold here and it was also very difficult for me at first to drive on the left side of the road.

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“The levels here are much higher than in Israel. At Celtic, the facilities are excellent. The fans here are amazing. It’s very exciting for me that they already have a song for me, I need to repay them for the welcome.

Liel Abada making the right kind of impact at Celtic

This is all great stuff. You can see how much Abada is flourishing at Celtic. Even this early on, it looks like a move the player needed to make.

Considering his importance to the team, his age is very quickly forgotten. To put it into perspective, he’s the same age as Adam Montgomery. You have to admire how he’s taken to the club so early on.

Not to mention the fact that Abada has also moved country and into a totally different environment. Both socially and in a footballing sense. For a 19-year-old to do that so smoothly? You can’t help but tip your hat off to him.

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And of course, we have to remember just how early into his Celtic career Abada is. He’s going to have periods of inconsistency. When those come around, that’s when the Celtic support will have to show him their biggest level of backing.

So far, we’ve been fortunate in that Abada has started so brightly. Four goals and four assists in 11 Celtic appearances tells its own story.

And given his considerable potential, no doubt that’s just the beginning.

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