Liel Abada tells Celtic supporters he's ready to go vs Midtjylland
New man Liel Abada has confirmed to Celtic supporters that he’s good and ready to go against Midtjylland on Tuesday if called upon.
Celtic have a major problem at right-wing with James Forrest likely to miss out. With no other natural options available, new signing Abada, who only joined last week, could be in the frame.
The Israeli featured for the final half-hour or so against Preston yesterday. This came only a day after he met his new Celtic teammates after signing from Maccabi Petah Tikva for £3.5m [Scottish Sun].
And the player has confirmed that he’s ready to take the fight to Midtjylland on Tuesday night in our second qualifying round first-leg contest.
As quoted by the Herald, Abada said: “I am always ready to play. If the coach wants me for the game on Tuesday I will be happy to be involved.
“I am a player who believes in himself. I try to play to my maximum but also to get better. I believe that I can bring that confidence to the Celtic team.
“And I believe that this club will give me the chance to express myself and fulfill my potential.”
Liel Abada showing the kind of attitude Celtic fans will take to; Midtjylland appearance beckons
The new man seems to be saying all of the right things since signing. He certainly seems to have the kind of determination Celtic fans love to see in their new signings.
He appears insistent that he’s fully fit and ready should Ange Postecoglou turn to him on Tuesday night. Then again, there’s no guarantee that will be the case as of yet with the manager playing it coy only yesterday [Daily Record].
But you just wonder where the alternatives are. It’s almost as if Celtic can’t not play him against Midtjylland. He’s one of the very few wingers we have that’s fit and available to play.
The tie against Midtjylland is certainly starting to look like a grind. It’s simply going to be about showing character and trying our best to push through and buy ourselves some more time in the transfer market and allow our injured players some extra time to become fit again.
Abada looked decent enough in his debut against Preston too. He showed decent drive and even had one of our few positive efforts on goal. He doesn’t look as if he needs much more time to get up to speed.
Given the risks involved on Tuesday night, playing Abada is something that simply needs to be done. We don’t want to be looking back on Midtjylland and wishing we had more of a threat out wide whilst leaving our £3.5m winger out.
So don’t be surprised if the new man is front and centre come the team-line announcement. He certainly did himself no harm with his half-hour introduction to Paradise yesterday.