Liel Abada should be fit for Celtic vs Alkmaar on Wednesday night

By David Walton

August 16, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has provided a class update on Liel Abada ahead of the Hoops’ clash with Alkmaar on Wednesday night.

Abada has missed the club’s last two matches against Jablonec and Hearts respectively. This is down to an injury picked up in training late last week.

The Israeli summer-signing has two goals to his name already for Celtic. Both of them came in European qualifiers against Midtjylland and Jablonec respectively.

And, thankfully, it looks as tough Abada is going to be fit for the game against the Dutch side.

Speaking on Celtic TV after yesterday’s Premier Sports Cup win, Postecoglou said: “With a bit of luck I think Liel Abada should be allright (for Alkmaar).

“We’ll see how Ryan (Christie) recovers from his knock, but getting Liel back would be a positive for us.”

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Celtic have options for Alkmaar if Liel Abada returns

It’s difficult to say that Abada will go right back into the team if he’s fit for Alkmaar. It all depends on how Postecoglou wants to set up against the Eredivisie outfit.

The system will undoubtedly remain the same. We’ll only play with one up top with service coming from either flank. James Forrest operated in Abada’s position down the right against Jablonec and Hearts. Kyogo Furuhashi, meanwhile, was on the left with Odsonne Edouard up top yesterday.

If Abada returns, it’ll be interesting to see what that means for team selection. It would seem poor to drop the Israeli given how productive he’s been in European qualifiers so far this season. However, shoving Forrest back on the bench doesn’t feel right either.

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It could be the case that Abada takes Kyogo’s spot on the left flank. This would allow the latter to play up top with Edouard dropping to the bench. It really is anyone’s guess.

But taking a step back from all of that, it’s important to recognise that all of a sudden, Postecoglou has options. He can shift his personnel around in the final third and still have plenty of quality on the pitch. That’s without even bringing the likes of Albian Ajeti and Leigh Griffiths into the equation.

However, for now, it’s just great to potentially have Abada back for Alkmaar. His directness will always be welcome at Celtic Park.

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