"More to give"; Celtic boss backs summer signing for even bigger impact; not Kyogo

By Euan Davidson

November 6, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou believes we’ve got much more to look forward to from Liel Abada.

The 20-year-old Israeli, signed in the summer, got off to an absolute flyer. His goal against Midtjylland, on his competitive debut for the Bhoys, sparked an excellent run of form. In all competitions, he’s scored 7 and set up 5 more [Transfermarkt].

However, in recent games, Abada looked a bit worn out. His direct running at defenders had eased a little, and his distribution could look laboured. That’s natural, given the explosive start he made to life at the club.

That said, some rest and rotation did him the world of good. Against Ferencvaros, he was phenomenal, causing constant grief for their left-back and getting on the score-sheet.

Of his summer signing, Postecoglou said [Herald]:

“Liel has more to give. He’s learning all of the time. He’s one of those who wants to learn and he does.

“To be honest, when I signed him, I thought he was one we would ease into proceedings with James [Forrest] out there having experience. But he’s one of those guys we threw in there, sink or swim, and most of them have had a decent swim up until now.

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“It’s pleasing to see, but you still have to factor in that he’s a young guy and we will take our time with him to let him fulfil his potential.

“We had an inkling if we gave him a couple of games to re-energise, we could get him back in there and he’d be flying again. And he has been.”

Celtic star Liel Abada has been better than any supporter could’ve realistically expected

Let’s be honest; few of us heard of Liel Abada when Celtic signed him. Even fewer would’ve predicted the impact he’s had.

That’s why, when he was receiving some flak in recent games, it felt unfair. If it hadn’t been for Kyogo, Abada would probably be the fan favourite at Celtic, of our deep summer signings pool.

For weeks, he was a stand-out player. In the absence of James Forrest, Abada’s direct running, stellar end product and total commitment to the Celtic cause made him undroppable.

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It’s natural that he needed some rest. Because he blew any and all expectations out of the water.

Celtic have some dangerous options up front. James Forrest’s return is excellent news, and he’ll no doubt contribute in a big way this season. Mikey Johnston’s comeback from injury has been hugely encouraging. Jota has been an inspired signing himself.

Abada, though, deserves his props. He’s already had a considerable say on this Celtic season, and we’re only in November.

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