Liel Abada praises training under Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou

By Euan Davidson

July 22, 2021

New Celtic winger Liel Abada has spoken highly of training sessions under boss Ange Postecoglou.

Speaking to the Celtic FC website, Abada said he was brimming with confidence after positive sessions, and the response of the Bhoys supporters.

Abada opened his account with Celtic on Tuesday night, rebounding from a Ryan Christie shot. It put Celtic 1-0 up against FC Midtjylland in Champions League qualifying; quite the start for the Israeli international.

But it’s training, foremost, that’s putting Abada at ease in his new environment. Ange Postecoglou’s now-famous intensity on the training pitch has impressed Celtic supporters. After being Mic’d Up for Celtic TV, fans became more than aware of the Greek-Aussie boss’ style on the training pitch.

But it’s not just the physical work, it’s the mental. Abada has spoken about the tactical preparation players receive before matches.

He told Celtic FC:

“The training sessions I had with the team really helped me get to know the players, the manager and what the manager wants from me.

“It gave me an understanding of the expectations around the club. I had a few video sessions with the coaching staff and that really helped me understand the role they wanted me to play.

Liel Abada excited by training, and his warm welcome from Celtic supporters

Furthermore, Abada couldn’t believe the reception he and the team received from the 9,000 Celtic supporters who turned up against Midtjylland.

Abada continued [Celtic FC]:

“When I arrived at Celtic Park on the bus, I was in shock with all the fans outside waiting to support us as we stepped off the bus. That was a new experience for me and I hope to make the fans proud.”

“The fans gave me a lot of confidence and the players around me helped me settle and feel confident.

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“That made me feel like I could do something special and I’m really happy I was able to help the team by scoring. To score on my debut was the best start I could ask for. I want to continue like this, work hard and show everyone that I’m a good player who can help the team.”

A somewhat surprise signing from Maccabi Petah Tikva, Abada is another import from the Israeli league who’s hit the ground running. Ismaila Soro has become a fan-favourite, after his 2020 arrival from Bnei Yehunda.

A direct, by-line hugging winger who loves to dovetail with his full-back, Abada looks like excellent business by Celtic.

Clearly, he’s enjoying life at the club already.

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