The only concern for Celtic yesterday that still needs to be cleared up

By David Walton

May 8, 2022

Celtic certainly enjoyed a perfect day against Hearts at Parkhead yesterday as the 4-1 rout moved us to within a point of the Premiership title.

However, there was one concerning moment for the support that occurred in added time. Liel Abada appeared to be in some real discomfort after suffering a shoulder knock at the death.

Abada attempted to get to a front-post cross and collided with Hearts left-back Stephen Kingsley. The Israeli then fell awkwardly and had to receive treatment before walking off the pitch clutching the shoulder.

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Frustratingly, Ange Postecoglou wasn’t asked about the incident post-match. Despite several interviews, it remained a key point of the afternoon that went without an update.

Abada only came on for the final 25 minutes of yesterday’s victory, and made a positive impact after drawing a one-on-one save from Craig Gordon.

Celtic will be looking to wrap up the title on Wednesday night when we face Dundee United at Tannadice. Only a point will be needed to make our title win official, but it remains to be seen if Abada will play a part.

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Liel Abada injury status remains unknown after yesterday’s concern

There’s no guarantee Abada would’ve started on Wednesday night regardless. After all, he hasn’t started any of the club’s last 3 Premiership matches.

However, he’s tended to be utilised regularly by Ange when it comes to the big occasion. Abada started against Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final last month for example. The manager likes to throw him in when it comes to our higher-profile contests.

Hopefully, that option isn’t robbed from him this week. It could be the case that Ange plans to rotate Abada back into the side, especially considering we’ll be looking to start with a high intensity at Tannadice.

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The big concern of course will be whether the injury is anything longer term. The nightmare scenario would be that it affects any of his pre-season period. Granted, that’s going over the top for now. We’ve still to receive a solid update on this from the manager.

Abada has had a stunning debut campaign at Celtic Park and is only just off winning the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award. Justified too given he’s managed 15 goals and 11 assists already so far [Transfermarkt].

Fingers crossed he’s good to go again on Wednesday. Given how close we are to the end of the campaign, any injury setbacks now would just be cruel.

In other news, Stan Petrov gets it spot on; labels Hearts challenge a “walk in the park” for Celtic