Report: Celtic hero Liel Abada to start all 3 games for Israel on international return

By David Walton

June 12, 2022

Celtic winger Liel Abada will start all 3 games for Israel in his return to the senior side, according to the latest information from Israeli outlet ONE.

Abada started in both of their games against Iceland and Albania respectively. And ONE claims that manager Alon Hazan will only make a single change for their trip to the Icelandics tomorrow night.

That change doesn’t involve Abada, with Ramzi Spori taking the place of Eden Kartzev. Meaning Abada will have incredibly managed to start in every game during the current camp.

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Hazan has already outlined his faith in Abada, stating that he’ll continue to play if he delivers positive performances.

The Celtic talent managed to net his first goal for his country in his first start against Iceland before providing an assist against Albania. That’s 2 direct goal contributions in 2 matches – a terrific impression indeed.

It comes after Maccabi Petah Tikva chairman Avi Luzon stated that Liel is now worth as much as €20m [ONE].

Liel Abada achieving his international ambitions at Celtic Park

Abada had every right to be concerned under Willibald Ruttensteiner after continuously being snubbed from international action despite his electric Celtic form.

Abada was in the form of his life during the first half of the season yet still wasn’t being given opportunities in the Israel frontline. Granted, Eran Zahavi, Manor Solomon, and Munas Dabbur represented a quality-packed attacking force that was difficult to budge.

But now, Abada is getting his due opportunities for the form he showed last season. Let’s not forget that we’re talking about a UEFA Champions League player come next season. There’s no reason for Israel to be continuously dropping him any longer.

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The tipping point for Liel came back in March when he was dropped back down to the under-21s. All of a sudden there was real frustration in the Celtic winger who admitted to his disappointment back then [ONE].

Now he’s perhaps one of the most important figures in the Israeli frontline. A goal and an assist in his first 2 starts is a promising return. It’s no wonder Hazan believes he can entrust him for his nation’s biggest games. Hopefully, he continues his fine form to close out the international fixtures and return to Celtic Park full of confidence.

Not that we need any reminding of his raw ability of course.

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