Celtic stars Carl Starfelt and Liel Abada will make rare starts for their respective countries tonight after a fine season in Scotland.
Starfelt has won four caps previously with Sweden but hasn’t started a match since March of last year. He has only ever previously featured in a friendly encounter.
Tonight he starts their UEFA Nations League match against Slovenia.
Liel Abada meanwhile has only ever come off the bench for Israel, but proudly lines up this evening at home to Iceland in the same competition. [UEFA]
Both players had an excellent debut campaign with the Bhoys, contributing massively to a league and cup double at both ends of the pitch.
Starfelt formed a strong partnership with Cameron Carter-Vickers, helping set the best defensive record in the Scottish Premiership.
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Abada meanwhile managed to contribute a brilliant 26 goal contributions in all competitions, 15 of which were his own hitting the back of the net.
It’s great to see them get recognition internationally, which can only fill them with more confidence heading into a second season under Ange Postecoglou.
The manager’s impact on this group of players is clear to see and it’s doubtful either of them would be starting this evening had he not helped develop their game so well over the last 12 months.
Hopefully, they can go on to impress their national managers and the supporters of both countries.
Good luck Bhoys!