Liel Abada announces himself at Celtic Park despite frustrating night vs Midtjylland

By David Walton

July 20, 2021

Liel Abada tonight made his Celtic debut out of absolutely nowhere, but he ended the match a Parkhead hero.

Abada was an unknown to the Celtic support only last week. Fast forward seven days and he’s arguably made the right-wing spot his own for now.

Tonight, the Hoops unfortunately endured a 1-1 draw against Midtjylland in a UCL 2QR first-leg match we would’ve hoped to have won. But there were still plenty of positives to take, with Abada potentially being the biggest one.

He only featured for 45 minutes due to Nir Bitton’s idiotic read card. But what he showed in that period was enough to suggest that he could be the answer to Celtic’s wide-right problem.

The Israeli attacker put in some terrific deliveries from the right flank that led to terrific opportunities for Ryan Christie. However, his big moment came six minutes before the break when he latched onto Christie’s rebound to slam home the opener.

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There’s no denying that Abada grew into his Celtic debut tonight. After a quiet opening spell, he was making things happen and combining well with Anthony Ralston.

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He showed something we lacked last season – a final ball down the right flank. With James Forrest unavailable for long periods last term, we had no option to replace him with. Abada showed tonight that he could potentially be that option.

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What was also impressive was how often he got beyond his man. When Abada took on the Midtjylland back-line, he was regularly finding positions to deliver the ball in space. Not one of his balls into the box came under massive pressure.

It was only 45 minutes, but it was enough to give Celtic fans some encouragement of what’s to come. Even now, he should be one of the first names on the teamsheet for next Wednesday’s second leg.

And the supporters were certainly taken aback with Abada’s 45-minute outing tonight. Here, we take a look at what they had to say about it on Twitter:

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