"Little superstar"; Celtic veteran's heart-warming praise for Liel Abada

By Euan Davidson

March 25, 2022

Nir Bitton continues to play a paternal role for fellow Israel Celtic star Liel Abada.

Bitton, who’s had a more important role for the Bhoys under Ange Postecoglou, has previously – jokingly – referred to winger Abada as his “son”. What’s more, we know Bitton played an important role in integrating Abada into the Celtic set-up.

Celtic midfielder Bitton has played heavily on the hilarious paternal vibes. And he sounded like a proud father on Instagram after Liel Abada scored a lovely goal for the Israel U21s.

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Abada, shunted down to the U21s to help his national team qualify for next year’s U21 Euros, scored a fantastic goal to put Israel level with Poland. The game finished 2-2, with a late goal from Maciej Zurawski – not that one – sharing the spoils.

Bitton, naturally, was delighted for his team-mate/”son”. On Liel Abada’s Instagram story, you can see Bitton shared the goal, saying: “Little superstar” [Instagram].

Abada shared his goal in a post, saying [Instagram]: “A bit of a feeling of missing out… thank you very much to all the audience who came to support. Need you with us on Tuesday!”.

The former Maccabi Petah Tikva man was an inspired signing by Ange Postecoglou. With James Forrest suffering injury issues, the Israeli winger has filled a void – and then some. He’s got 25 goal contributions thus far, distributing the ball well and taking a litany of chances.

Alongside a plethora of players, including Jota, Kyogo, Ajeti, Giakoumakis, Maeda and Mikey Johnston, Abada has been a real stand-out. That doesn’t stop for international play, it seems.

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Nir Bitton has been crucial for Celtic star Liel Abada and his excellent debut campaign

Let’s be clear; Liel Abada’s excellent form has been down to Liel Abada. However, having such an important influence in the squad can hardly be a bad thing.

It’s something you hear about all the time; compatriots at foreign clubs helping others settle in. No doubt, Kyogo would’ve helped to ease the transition for Ideguchi, Hatate and Maeda. For Giakoumakis, Barkas’ presence will have helped.

So on, and so forth. However, the relationship between Bitton and Abada has been genuinely funny at times, and his support is so crucial to Abada. Being something of an unknown in Scotland, it could’ve been a very different experience for the Israeli U21 star.

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Instead, he’s had one of the better debut Celtic campaigns of recent memory.

Bitton has proven his worth time and again this season. Not just as a dressing room leader, and someone who can help out new signings. When called upon, he’s been a steady and generally reliable force for Celtic, playing in his natural position.

For the duo, it’s been a really encouraging season. If it ends in more silverware, it’ll be big news back in Israel for Nir Bitton and Liel Abada.

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