The Celtic player Liel Abada is looking forward to playing with

By David Walton

July 18, 2021

New Celtic star Liel Abada has named James Forrest as the player he can’t wait to line-up alongside.

Abada signed for the club last week in what was Ange Postecoglou’s first major move in the transfer window. The Israeli is naturally a right-winger, but he also has experience on the left side and even centrally.

The new man has already spoken with Forrest about how they could combine together on the pitch. James is currently out after having to self-isolate due to being deemed a close contact. It looks as though Tuesday’s UCL second qualifying round against Midtjylland will come too early for him.

However, Abada believes he and Forrest could strike up a fine partnership, regardless of where they would be playing on the pitch.

As quoted by the Herald, Abada said: “Of course I have been watching those games and it’s exciting for me to now come and be team-mates with players like (Callum) McGregor, Forrest and (Ryan) Christie.

“I remember watching the 3-2 game when we lost at Hampden and James Forrest scored the hat-trick. He is an amazing player and I have spoken with him already about how we might link up on the pitch. I believe we can have a good collaboration on the pitch. I like to play on the right side of the pitch too but it’s no problem for me to play off the left or right through the middle either.

“I wouldn’t like to compare myself with anyone else though. I don’t study other players to try and copy what they do – I simply try to work on my own game and try to become the best possible player I can.”

Celtic newbie Liel Abada may need to feature on Tuesday

Regardless of whether Postecoglou has made his mind up or not, it feels as though Abada will need to feature on Tuesday night. Celtic simply have no alternatives down the right side.

With Forrest likely out, Abada is the only wide-right option we have. That is of course Karamoko Dembele makes a swift return to the first-team after his injury picked up vs Bristol City.

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It will be interesting to see where Abada plays primarily moving forward. Interesting to note that he claims he’s comfortable on the left flank. Celtic are badly struggling for reinforcements there too. Outside of Mikey Johnston, we don’t have a natural left-winger either.

It could be the case that Abada has to play there regularly. Assuming of course it’s an area of the pitch where he’s comfortable and feels he can be productive in.

Forrest you have to imagine will be Celtic’s first-choice right-winger when fit. That’s been the case now for the last decade. It doesn’t feel as though Ange is going to change that anytime soon.

Therefore where Abada ends up will certainly be interesting.

In other news: DANISH Report: Midtjylland have major selection concerns ahead of Celtic clash