Nir Bitton tells Israeli media about Celtic teammate's "crazy" contribution
Nir Bitton has been talking up Celtic teammate Liel Abada’s “crazy” contribution since joining the Hoops last summer.
Bitton has now departed Parkhead after his contract came to an end. He puts an end to an incredible 9-year stay at the Hoops just as countryman Abada has started to make his own name in Glasgow.
Liel arrived from Maccabi Petah Tikva last season and went on to bag 15 goals and 11 assists in all competitions. All of that after only having just turned 20 too. For a debut season in a totally different footballing environment and culture than he was used to, it’s incredible figures.
And Bitton was quick to realise that as he spoke to Israeli media about his compatriot’s debut campaign. As quoted by Sport 1, Nir said: “People do not understand what he did. It’s crazy. It’s a hallucination. To make a contribution of 26-27 goal contributions in a first season at a club like Celtic when you’re 19 in a rookie season is a crazy statistic.
“I enjoyed seeing him this year. What he’s done there is just huge, I can not explain it in words. A 19-year-old boy who leaves his country and comes from Maccabi Petah Tikva – not Maccabi Haifa or Maccabi Tel Aviv, with a high price tag and expectations.
“He works hard, he does not get depressed when he is not scoring, always thinks about how to get better and progress and he is always there to get a goal. This is something that cannot be explained. The players there also do not understand how he does it.”
Nir Bitton talks up Liel Abada’s insane Celtic debut campaign in Israeli media interview
Nir is absolutely spot on here. What Liel has managed to achieve at Celtic Park this season is absolutely stupendous. Especially for someone of such a young age.
Even if Liel had been an experienced 29-year-old coming to Scotland for the first time, his form would still have been considered fantastic. But he effectively arrived as a teenager and immediately stamped his authority down at Celtic Park.
It’s been beautiful to see his rise this term even if there’s clearly more to come from him. Nobody could’ve foreseen the impact he was going to make even if he did cost as much as £3.5m [Scottish Sun].
Now, the next goal for him will be to cement his place in the Celtic first-team ahead of the UCL next season. He’ll be eyeing up Europe’s top competition as the next logical step for his development. Impressing there will do absolutely wonders for his career, especially given his youthful age.
It’s a massive opportunity that Liel probably didn’t expect to receive so soon. It just goes to show how beneficial a move to Celtic can be for bright young talents who have the ability to make an impact.
His contribution last season certainly shouldn’t be forgotten of course. Liel ended the season with the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award too, but not even does his season justice. It was an incredible return, and one the Celtic fans are thankful for.