Report: Liel Abada set for Celtic contract talks

By John McGinley

December 23, 2022

Liel Abada is set for a round of contract discussions with Celtic over the next few weeks as more teams take interest in his progress at the Bhoys.

The Daily Record reports that English Premier League side Southampton are amongst his suitors, having been impressed with his bursts of form in Scotland since arriving from Israel in 2021.

However, Celtic are keen to protect a key asset and one of the best young prospects at the club and will seek to sign him up to improved terms even though his current contract doesn’t expire until 2026.

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Abada has scored 24 goals and assisted 15 times in 75 games for the Bhoys, marking himself out as one of the most exciting talents in Scottish football.

He has yet to find true week-to-week consistency under Ange Postecoglou but has a knack for popping up to score big goals, including a last-minute winner against Dundee United and derby efforts against Rangers.

There’s undoubtedly more to come from him in a Celtic shirt and his performances over the last two matches suggest he could be on the cusp of becoming a real key man in the second half of the season.

The young winger left behind the services of agent Dudu Dahan earlier this year to join Josip Jurnaovic as a stable mate under Hussein Al Gaaod at the FSB agency.

We should see interest from elsewhere as a sign of his potential, rather than a threat. As long as the club stay in a commanding position regarding his contract length then there is nothing to worry about here.

Still, the announcement of a new contract would be fantastic and popular with fans, as we push towards winning multiple trophies this season.

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