Liel Abada sends important Celtic message after impressive Ross County showing

By Lewis Laird

August 8, 2022

Celtic winger Liel Abada has stated that squad rotation is bound to take place, with Ange Postecoglou’s side facing another long season ahead.

The 20-year-old scored his first goal of the new campaign on Saturday, coming off the bench to replace the injured Daizen Maeda at the break.

Abada’s strike was one of the highlights of the Hoops’ victory, scoring a stunning curling effort, which gave Ross County stopper Ross Laidlaw no chance.

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The Israeli internationalist will be hoping last weekend’s goal will be the first of many in 2022/23, off the back of an impressive first season in the green and white Hoops.

Despite getting off the mark, Abada is still awaiting his first start in the Celtic side, having featured as a substitute in the opening two games of the season.

Saturday’s performance and a knock to Maeda should provide the winger with that chance when the Bhoys travel to face Kilmarnock next week.

However, earning his opportunity isn’t something that phases Abada, as he reiterated a crucial point that Ange Postecoglou already has this season.

The winger insisted that there are plenty of good players in the Celtic squad who are all fighting for their place in the side, and when his chance comes, he will always do his best for the team.

But, there is bound to come a time where squad rotation is needed due to the long and hectic schedule the Hoops face once again this season.

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He said [The Celtic Way]: “I think there is a good chance that any one of the players who are in the squad can be chosen to be the ones who are named in the [starting] line-up.

“If I am not one of those, I will still do my hard work and be positive. Then, when I do have any chance that I am given, I want to make sure that I help the team.

“I think we have a lot of games to play at Celtic and that it is a long season here. So I just look towards my training and then from game to game.

“When I get the chance, I want to do all the best for myself and also for the team. I am happy that I did it in this game, and all of the boys will now keep going and look forward.”

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Ange Postecoglou looking to cut out the key mistakes from last season.

Although it was an extremely successful season last campaign, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou would be the first to admit mistakes were made along the way.

Those included the likes of Callum McGregor and Liel Abada, playing upwards of 50 games last season with not much time to rest.

With much more depth at his disposal going into the 2022/23 campaign, Ange Postecoglou has already stated we won’t see members of his squad play that amount of games again in one season.

So, rotation is bound to happen, and Abada will have been patiently waiting for his first start of the season to come, which seems almost certain next week after an impressive showing off the bench.

It is great to see that members of the Celtic squad recognise this and yet are still hungry to take their opportunity when it arises.

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