Report: Brilliant international boost for Celtic winger Liel Abada after first Israel goal

By David Walton

June 7, 2022

Celtic winger Liel Abada will make his first-ever back-to-back start for Israel despite changes being made for Friday’s clash against Albania, according to ONE.

Abada netted his maiden goal for his country in their 2-2 draw against Iceland on Thursday night. The strike also came in what was his first start for Israel in new manager Alon Hazan’s debut match in charge.

And it turns out, despite changes set to be made to the team for Friday’s game against Albania, Abada is still expected to keep his spot.

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ONE has stated that the Israel boss plans to put Liel on the left flank in their next Nations League match. Maccabi Haifa’s Noble Omar will be on the right, with Shaun Weissman is expected to lead the line.

It would be a huge show of faith for Hazan to keep Abada on the pitch despite making changes elsewhere. A real sign of faith and that the manager is truly backing Liel as one of his favoured attackers.

Speaking over the weekend, the Israel boss defended his use of Abada against Iceland after giving him more minutes than anyone else in the frontline.

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You feel this has been long overdue for the Celtic winger. Despite coming off a stunning campaign in which he managed 15 goals and 11 assists [Transfermarkt] – still he was barely utilised by Willibald Ruttensteiner.

Indeed, outside of cameo appearances, Abada was getting next to opportunities during their World Cup qualifying campaign. This at a time when he was at the peak of his powers with Celtic and flourishing on a regular basis in Glasgow.

Now is the time for Israel to rebuild smartly, of course. Abada remains one of their most prestigious young talents. It makes total sense as to why Hazan may be looking to build the squad around him.

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Scoring against Iceland will have done wonders for both his confidence and his profile. If he can do similar against Albania on Friday night then that stock will rise even higher.

It’s fantastic from a Celtic perspective to see Liel rising to the occasion with his country. It’s exactly what the Celtic fans want to see from their best players during the off-season in the hope they come back to pre-season absolutely flying.

For now, however, Abada’s sights will only be fixated on Albania and adding to his international tally. You would hardly bet against him to either.

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